Things to know before you go...
1. There is a campground right smack dab in the middle of the park, there is no other accommodations in the park. This campground is called Devil's Garden http://www.nps.gov/arch/planyourvisit/camping.htm, and you CAN reserve a spot, it is usually filled up MONTHS in advance. It is NOT first come first serve. If you want to stay here, reserve on the first day you can, which I believe is 180 days in advance. The greater the number at the campground the nicer the spot, is the general rule of thumb. We were in spot 30, the bathrooms are right by spot 35/which was the campground host's spot.
2. Bring water containers! If you go camping, there is potable water, but not a faucet at every campsite, you have to get your water and carry it back to your site. We used a 5 gallon drink cooler to keep water on hand for our family. You also need water to bring with you hiking. The best type of water containers are the ones that are hands free. You should drink 1 GALLON of water a day, dehydration can happen fast. For our little kids we got water bottles with carabiners, they were light weight bag type bottles, only about 16 oz each. As adults we carried two 2quart water coolers with us to refill the smaller containers when they were empty.
3. Learn how to say hello with a smile or better yet in French, German, Spanish...just to be nice, since you will be one of the only Americans on the trails, it would be good to represent us well. (Seriously the only people I saw by the Double Arch who spoke "English" were Australians!) Funny story, my 4 year old son and I were sitting next to a man who looked at my son and said, "I'm Italian." My son very seriously said, "I like pizza." The man laughed, I thought it was so funny.
4. If you do not stay in Devil's Garden there is BLM campgrounds around Moab, they are first come first serve. http://www.blm.gov/ut/st/en/fo/moab/recreation/campgrounds/camping_near_parks.html
Hiking with kids
|This arch is on the way up to Delicate arch,|
there is a cliff behind the camera!
|My husband and oldest, |
I didn't dare let any other child do this!
Our second day at Arches we did most of the easy trails. Which combined make for a pretty long day. We only made the mistake of not taking enough water with us once!
|Pine tree arch, one of our favorites for kids!|
Sand Dune Arch
|Front of arch, if coming from Sand Dune Arch|
|Back of arch, heading to campground|