Arches National Park Fiery Furnace

Moab, Utah 84532

Arches National Park Fiery Furnace

Arches National Park: Fiery Furnace Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"A ranger-guided tour of a rare desert environment. To see the Fiery Fur nace area of Arches National Park, you can take a ranger-led tour.

You can explore the area by yourself with a hiking permit obtained at the park’s visitor center, but it is highly recommend signing up for the guided tour, where you’ll learn ten times more than you would on your own, and you won’t get lost. Also, you will have much less impact on this fragile desert environment."

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Hiking Canyonlands and Arches National Parks (Falcon Guides)
Bill Schneider
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"A ranger-guided tour of a rare desert environment. To see the Fiery Furnace area of Arches National Park, you should take a ranger-led tour. You can explore the area by yourself with a hiking permit obtained at the park’s visitor center, but I highly recommend signing up for the guided tour, where you’ll learn ten times more than you would on your own, and you won’t get lost. Also, you will have much less impact on this fragile desert environment. You can reserve a spot in the morning tours through Recreation.gov, but for afternoon tours and for tours anytime during the shoulder seasons, you have to sign up in person at the visitor center. Because of the rough terrain, the NPS only allows hikers over 5 years old. For current information on Fiery Furnace tours, follow the links on the park’s website at www.nps.gov/arch." Read more
50 Best Short Hikes: Utah's National Parks (Wilderness Press)
Greg Witt
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"The name Fiery Furnace comes not from the scorching summer sun— actually, you’ll find plenty of shade here—but from the fiery red hues of the rock and the flamelike contour of the sandstone fins. The Fiery Furnace is compact—less than a mile long and never more than 0.5 mile wide. But in that maze of tightly formed fins, it’s easy to get lost, or at least briefly disoriented. That’s why hikers must join a guided hike or obtain a special permit to enter Fiery Furnace. The rule is as much for the protection of the native plants and soils as it is for the safety of inexperienced hikers. If you’ve never hiked in Fiery Furnace previously, it is strongly recommended that you join a ranger-led hike." Read more

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11/27/2006
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.
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1/3/2005
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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Trail Information

Moab
Nearby City
2
Distance
Loop/Lollipop
Trail Type
Moderate
Skill Level
Year-round
Season
Arches National Park PO Box 907 Moab, UT 84532 Website: www.nps.gov/arch
Local Contacts
Trails Illustrated Arches National Park and USGS Arches National Park
Local Maps

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