Fiery Furnace

Salt Valley Overlook

The first stop on Arches Scenic Drive after Delicate Arch Road is the Salt Valley Overlook, where there are sweeping views of the Salt Valley and the Windows Section, one of the most popular areas at Arches National Park.

Salt Valley Overlook at Arches National Park in Utah

The view from Salt Valley Overlook

Salt Valley Overlook at Arches National Park in Utah

Salt Valley Overlook

Salt Valley Overlook at Arches National Park in Utah

Salt Valley Overlook

View of the Windows Section from Salt Valley Overlook at Arches National Park in Utah

View of the Windows Section

 

Fiery Furnace

Next is the Fiery Furnace, which is described as “a natural labyrinth of narrow passages between towering sandstone walls”. A viewpoint allows visitors to see the formations from afar, but it’s possible to enter the area to get a closer look.

Fiery Furnace at Arches National Park in Utah

Fiery Furnace

Fiery Furnace at Arches National Park in Utah

A closer look

There are no trails in the Fiery Furnace. A permit must be obtained before entering which can be done at the visitor center. Anyone entering the area without a ranger is required to watch a short orientation video before purchasing the permit. Permits can sell out quickly in the high season. Click here for more info.

Fiery Furnace at Arches National Park in Utah

An even closer look

For your safety, a strenuous ranger guided hike is the recommended way to see it. They last about three hours and are given daily in the high season. The tours sell out fast but you can book online up to six months in advance.

Fiery Furnace at Arches National Park in Utah

A view into the distance

From the Fiery Furnace Viewpoint, it’s also possible to spot the Windows Section.

View of the Windows Section from the Fiery Furnace at Arches National Park in Utah

View of the Windows Section

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