Arches National Park encompasses 76,679 acres of desert land in the Colorado Plateau. The lowest elevation is at the vision center (4,085 feet) while the highest elevation is at Elephant Butte (5,653 feet). The closest city to the park is Moab in Utah. To get to the park from Moab, drive five miles north of Moab along Highway 191. Arches national park was designated as a national park in 1971.
The ecology at the Arches National Park has a lot to offer the nature enthusiast. First, you can marvel at the landscape that is comprised of several landforms including over 2,000 natural arches, soaring pinnacles, giant balanced rocks and massive fins. All these landforms add unique color and texture to the lay of the land.
Secondly, the biota at the park is also quite diverse. Several plant species dominate the landscape including Indian Ricegrass, Bunch Grasses, Liverworts, Sand Verbena, Prickly Pear Cactus, Four-Winged Saltbrush, Utah Juniper, Yucca, Blackbrush, Moss, Cliffrose, Evening Primrose, Pinyon Pine, Mormon Tea, Cheatgrass, Lichen, and Sacred Datura.
Third, there is also an abundance of wildlife within the park including animals like peregrine falcon, antelope squirrel, desert bighorn sheep, cougar, many kinds of sparrows, spadefoot toad, western rattlesnake, scrub jay, red fox, mule deer, kangaroo rat, yucca moth, the western collared lizard, and the midget faded rattlesnake. If soaking in all the nature around you is not enough or if you want more, then the park still has a lot to offer including activities like camping, bicycling, hiking, interpretive programs (March-October), and auto touring.
You can also bring your dog to the park to join in awe of natures splendor in the park. If you do so, be aware that there are basic regulations and rules of pet etiquette that need to be followed. Some of the rules include never leaving your dog unattended, ensuring that your dog is always leashed, cleaning up after your dog, and ensuring that you properly dispose of the dog’s waste.
In addition, there are certain areas where you are not allowed to explore with your dog. These areas include at any overlooks, in the visitor center, anywhere off-trails, and on any hiking trails. For a fun day with your family and furbaby, check out Arches National Park.