Arches National Park Tours

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Delicate Arch
Delicate Arch
Park Avenue Arches National Park
Balanced Rock
Fiery Furnace
Petrified Dunes

Outdoor Adventures in Arches National Park

Imagine stepping into the rugged desert landscape and peering into the maze of colorful canyons. Walk among red, orange, salmon and tan-colored arches, spires, balanced rocks, fins and monoliths. Linger in the long light of late afternoon when time seems to stand still and colors deepen and shadows grow long.

Utah's Arches National Park showcases over 2,000 natural sandstone arches, including the world-famous Delicate Arch, as well as a host of other bizarre rock formations preserved in pristine condition. In some areas, the forces of nature have exposed millions of years of geologic history.

Arches National Park is located approximately four hours by car from Salt Lake City, and is easily accessed from Moab in Southern Utah. At nearly 77,000 acres in size, Arches National Park offers a wide variety of hiking trails, from a five-minute walk to full day hikes. President Herbert Hoover originally set land aside in 1929, calling it Arches National Monument. It wasn't until the fall of 1969 that Richard Nixon signed a bill making Arches a National Park.

Hunter-gatherers migrated into the Arches area about 10,000 years ago at the end of the Ice Age. They created knives and weaponry from the rocks found in the region. Approximately 2,000 years ago the Puebloan and Fremont people began cultivating plants and settled in the area. They raised domesticated maize, beans, and squash, and lived in villages like those preserved at Mesa Verde National Park. As they were leaving, the Ute and Paiute arrived, meeting the first Europeans in 1776.

Wildlife, typically more active in mornings and late afternoons, often spotted in the park are: squirrels, packrats, chipmunks, porcupines, as well as desert cottontails and black-tailed jackrabbits. More elusive, but also located in the park are Mule deer, coyotes, bobcats and mountain lions.

Join O.A.R.S. on an Arches National Park vacation for our Utah Guest Ranch and Raft on the Colorado River. We spend the first half of the week rafting the rapids of Cataract Canyon, home to Utah's best whitewater rafting. After our Colorado River rafting experience, we enjoy a backcountry hiking tour through miles of terrain unseen by most Arches National Park visitors, and we observe some of the area's more famous landmarks, such as Delicate Arch and Balanced Rock.

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Outside Travel Awards 'Best Outfitter' Runner Up National Geographic Adventure Magazine - Best River & Sea Outfitter on Earth As Featured On 50 Tours of a Lifetime - National Geographic Traveler Mindy Gleason, O.A.R.S. Reservations Manager Condé Nast Traveler Top Travel Specialist 2007-2013 (River Rafting) Best of the Bay Area Winner

For consecutive years, O.A.R.S. has been named the "Best River & Sea Outfitter on Earth" by National Geographic Adventure and one of the top two outfitters in the world by Outside Magazine in its annual Active Travel Awards recognition program. In multiple years, O.A.R.S.trips have been honored as "50 Tours of a Lifetime" by National Geographic Traveler and since 2007, Condé Nast Traveler has recognized Mindy Gleason, O.A.R.S. Reservation Manager and International Adventure Travel Consultant, as Condé Nast Traveler's standalone Top Travel Specialist in the River Rafting category.

Questions about trips or making reservations? Contact info@oars.com or call 800-346-6277 in the USA or Canada or 1-209-736-4677 if outside the USA or Canada.
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