Hiking Canyonlands and Arches National Parks
by Bill Schneider (Falcon Guides)
© 2017 Bill Schneider/Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.
I love this trail and have done it on my own many times. I subscribed to this web site to see whether I could find directions to "Crawl Through" Arch in the Fiery Furnace, the one arch I have not found. I got the absolutely most worthless trail "description" from Falcon. You have got to be kidding! Pay $49.95 for nothing? I don't think so. Avoid the ranger-guided tours, they cost too much and they don't allow you to enjoy peace and quiet in the Fiery Furnace. Unfortunately the rangers won't tell you anything about the area unless you take their tour. "This land is their land apparently" and not yours and mine.
Although there are many spectacular sights in Arches NP, this trail (if you can call it that) is by far my favorite. The territory is fragile, so training and a permit is required for all those entering the area. The ranger led trek is recommended (though we did without, a few directions from knowledgeable people are very helpful). The Fiery Furnace is made up of many parallel rock fins protruding from the ground, and these are laced with cracks and arches at various places so that you can navigate through the area. Because of the height of the fins, little sunlight reaches the ground, making this one of the coolest places in the park. You can hike among the fins for an hour, thinking that you have hiked a couple of miles, then all of a sudden come to an open vista and discover that the parking lot is only about ¼ mile away. Fascinating!
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