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Arches National Park Balanced Rock
Arches National Park Landscape Arch
Arches National Park Delicate Arch

Fiery Furnace is the next major stop after Delicate Arch


Arches National Park view of the Fiery Furnance

Don't let the above picture fool you, Fiery Furnace is not for the weak of heart, or for those not in fairly decent shape. The Fiery Furnace is not large but the 2-1/2 to 3 hour two mile some what strenuous walk through the maze of sandstone fins and spires will put you through a nice workout with the walking, climbing, crawling, squeezing, jumping, shimmying and straddling that is required to accomplish the tour.

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Arches National Park inside Fiery Furnace


While it is possible to tour The Fiery Furnace on your own, after obtaining a permit, doing so is simply foolish. Due to it's mass of mazes, dead end canyons and ruggedness you could become the next Gilliagan.


The best way to tour and learn about Fiery Furnace is on one of the twice daily ranger-guided tours.

Inside the bowels of The Fiery Furnace is where the geological make up and history of Arches NP can be seen up close and personal. 

Each tour is lead by an extremely knowledgeable ranger who will present it’s history in such a fashion that you will think you are actually witnessing the park being formed.

Our guide, Ranger Kate Thomas, made our tour a most memorable event.

Register for a tour at the start of your visit to Arches because they fill quickly.

Arches National Park inside Fiery Furnace


Continuing to the end of the parks road be sure to stop and take the trail to Sand Dune and Broken Arch. The road then ends at the parking lot for Devils Garden. Here is where the 7.2 mile long Devils Garden Trail leads to 8 jaw dropping arches including the 306 foot long Landscape Arch.

Arches National Park Landscape Arch

Landscape Arch, another of the must see features of the park, is just .8 tenths of a mile from the parking lot and easy to walk to. Tunnel Arch and Pine Tree Arch are located off a short side trail before Landscape Arch. The other 5 major arches are along a primitive sandy, rocky and at times scary trail, one not for the weak or out of shape hiker. But the hike up to Double O Arch is well worth the effort.

Arches National Park contains so many wonderful places to see it would take several trips to visit the majority of them.

The four features of the park the MUST BE seen are Balanced Rock, Delicate Arch, Fiery Furnace and Landscape Arch, so plan your visit accordingly.

Now if after visiting Arches National Park you do not ask yourself “How?” then turn around, go home and don't ever come outside again.

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