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Arches National Park Warnings and Dangers: 53 reviews and 97 photos
Arches has a parking problem. They KNOW they have a parking problem but have not yet been able to come up with a good fix. The million visitors a year descend by cars and buses upon a relatively small national park with a fragile ecosystem (remember my tip on cryptobiotic crust?) and little space to devote to lots. Finding an open spot at overlooks and trailheads can be a major headache and involve some circling around until someone leaves, and/or a long walk. As frustrating as that is, you MUST park only in designated areas and will be ticketed if you do not.
Going early in the morning is one way to avoid the worst of the traffic problems. And plan to be at parking areas for the most popular hikes - such as Delicate Arch before sunset - well in advance. Same goes for guided tours at Fiery Furnace: that lot is pretty small and can't handle both the folks there for the tour and others just coming for the viewpoint. You don't want to miss your time slot because you couldn't find a last-minute place to ditch the car.
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