Fiery Furnace
  • Difficulty: Moderate
  • Distance: Varies
  • Travel Time: At least 3 hours
  • Elevation: 4800' ft
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There isn't one distinct trail in the Fiery Furnace of Arches National Park.  This area is a maze of canyons and sandstone fins.  The park service requires that all visitors to the area get a permit, before they enter.  There are two types of permits avialable: a ranger guided hike or a general use permit.  You can get a permit up to 7 days in advance from park headquarters. 

The trailhead is loacted about 14 miles from the park entrance on the right side of the main park road.  There's a short trail from the trail head to the first fin, then you are on your own to navigate through the area.  There are a number of different paths you can take, but it's more fun to get off of the defined paths and explore all of the slot canyons.  You never know what lies around the next corner.

Plan on spending several hours in the Fiery Furnace.  Be sure to take plenty of water and some snacks.  It's easy to get lost and spend longer than you planned.  If you have never been in the Fiery Furnace, the park service recommends that you sign up for a ranger guided hike.

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