Can You Camp Anywhere in Arches National Park?

Arches National Park is a stunning natural wonder in the high desert of Utah. With over 2,000 natural sandstone arches, this is a popular destination for campers and hikers alike. But, can you camp anywhere in Arches National Park?

The answer is yes and no. Yes, you can camp anywhere in Arches National Park as long as you follow the camping regulations.

All camping must be confined to designated camping areas and must be done in accordance with park rules and regulations. Dispersed or backcountry camping is not allowed anywhere in the park.

In order to camp within Arches National Park, you must obtain a backcountry permit from the visitor center or from one of the ranger stations located throughout the park. A backcountry permit allows you to camp at one of the designated campsites within Arches National Park for up to two nights at a time.

When camping at any of these sites, visitors are asked to practice Leave No Trace principles such as leaving no trace behind by packing out all trash, respecting wildlife and staying on designated trails. Campfires are also not allowed anywhere in the park except for in developed campsites; visitors must bring their own stoves for cooking.


In conclusion, while dispersed or backcountry camping is prohibited within Arches National Park, there are designated campsites available with a backcountry permit where visitors can set up camp for up to two nights at a time if they abide by all park regulations.

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Alex Wright