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Fiery Furnace Arches National Park

The Fiery Furnace is a natural labyrinth of narrow passages between towering sandstone walls. To enter the Fiery Furnace, visitors must accompany a ranger-guided tour or obtain a hiking permit at the visitor center. Arches National Park is located on the Colorado River 4 miles north of Moab, Utah. It is known for containing over 2,000 natural sandstone arches, including the world-famous Delicate Arch, in addition to hundreds of soaring pinnacles, massive fins and giant balanced rocks.

 Fiery Furnace Arches National Park

The Fiery Furnace is a natural labyrinth of narrow passages between towering sandstone walls. To enter the Fiery Furnace, visitors must accompany a ranger-guided tour or obtain a hiking permit at the visitor center. Arches National Park is located on the Colorado River 4 miles north of Moab, Utah. It is known for containing over 2,000 natural sandstone arches, including the world-famous Delicate Arch, in addition to hundreds of soaring pinnacles, massive fins and giant balanced rocks. (Greg Disch gdisch@gregdisch.com)

The Fiery Furnace is a natural labyrinth of narrow passages between towering sandstone walls. To enter the Fiery Furnace, visitors must accompany a ranger-guided tour or obtain a hiking permit at the visitor center. The Fiery Furnace earns its name from the deep red and orange glow of the sandstone fins that, when lit by the setting sun, resemble a ‘fiery furnace’.

There are no trails, signs, or cairns in the Fiery Furnace. GPS units do not work well due to the towering sandstone walls. Navigating its complex passages requires physical agility and careful observation. To protect the wildlife and plants that inhabit sand dunes and drainages between the rock walls, visitors must choose their steps wisely. The park encourages first-time visitors to the Fiery Furnace to join a ranger-led tour or go with someone who has been before.

Building cairns is not allowed in the Fiery Furnace. If interpretive rangers see any cairns, they will knock them over immediately. Do not rely on self-made cairns for navigation and GPS units may not work in the Fiery Furnace’s deep canyons and slots.

Fiery Furnace Arial

Arial view of the Fiery Furnace from Google Earth.

 

 

Admission & Hours

Arches National Park is open year-round, 24 hours a day.

Entrance Fees
Fee Type
Fee
Private Vehicle
Valid for 7 days.

  • Admits one (1) private, non-commercial vehicle
    (15 passenger capacity or less) and all its occupants.
$25/vehicle
Motorcycle
Valid for 7 days.

  • Admits one (1) private, non-commercial motorcycle.
$15/motorcycle
Per Person
Valid for 7 days.

  • Admits one (1) individual with no car.
    Typically used for bicyclists, hikers, and pedestrians.
    Youth 15 and under are admitted free.
$10/person
Southeast Utah Parks Annual Pass

  • Valid for one year through the month of purchase.
    Admits one (1) private, non-commercial vehicle or its pass holder to Arches andCanyonlands national parks, and Hovenweep and Natural Bridges national monuments.
$50

Fiery Furnace Guided Walk

Type of Fiery Furnace Fee Fee
Ranger-led Tour $16/adult
$8/child (age 5-12)
Private Permit $6/adult
$3/child (age 5-12)
$15/annual permit

 

Children under 5 years of age are not permitted. Morning tour tickets can be reserved in advance through www.recreation.gov.
The Fiery Furnace is a natural labyrinth of narrow passages between towering sandstone walls. To enter the Fiery Furnace, visitors must accompany a ranger-guided tour or obtain a hiking permit at the visitor center. Arches National Park is located on the Colorado River 4 miles north of Moab, Utah. It is known for containing over 2,000 natural sandstone arches, including the world-famous Delicate Arch, in addition to hundreds of soaring pinnacles, massive fins and giant balanced rocks. (Greg Disch gdisch@gregdisch.com)

Permits

Anyone who wishes to enter the Fiery Furnace without a ranger must obtain a hiking permit at the Arches Visitor Center during regular business hours. Everyone in your group must be present when the permit is issued to watch a short orientation video. Permits may be obtained up to seven days in advance and are only valid from sunrise to sunset on the date specified. Maximum group size is 25 people per permit. Pets and children under 5 are not allowed.

Permits frequently sell out during the busy season; they may not be reserved or “held” over the phone. The best way to know how many are available is to check in person at Arches Visitor Center.

Fiery Furnace hiking permits cost $6 for adults (ages 13 and over), $3 for children (ages 5 through 12), and $3 for holders of Interagency Senior Passes or Interagency Access Passes. For a fee of $15, visitors may purchase a Fiery Furnace Annual Pass, which waives the permit fee and video-watching requirement for pass holders for one calendar year.

The Fiery Furnace is a natural labyrinth of narrow passages between towering sandstone walls. To enter the Fiery Furnace, visitors must accompany a ranger-guided tour or obtain a hiking permit at the visitor center. Arches National Park is located on the Colorado River 4 miles north of Moab, Utah. It is known for containing over 2,000 natural sandstone arches, including the world-famous Delicate Arch, in addition to hundreds of soaring pinnacles, massive fins and giant balanced rocks. (Greg Disch gdisch@gregdisch.com)

 

What to Photograph:

 The photographic subjects are endless in the Fiery Furnace, there are arches, spires, narrow sandstone canyons and fins.

The Fiery Furnace is a natural labyrinth of narrow passages between towering sandstone walls. To enter the Fiery Furnace, visitors must accompany a ranger-guided tour or obtain a hiking permit at the visitor center. Arches National Park is located on the Colorado River 4 miles north of Moab, Utah. It is known for containing over 2,000 natural sandstone arches, including the world-famous Delicate Arch, in addition to hundreds of soaring pinnacles, massive fins and giant balanced rocks. (Greg Disch gdisch@gregdisch.com)

Best Time for Photographers:

 

The only time that you can photography here is during the day, and are only valid from sunrise to sunset. Lighting in the Fiery Furnace can be a challenge, with it being very dark deep in the slot caverns and a very bright sky on a sunny day.  Shooting bracketed exposures and combining them into HDR will help capture the full dynamic range.

Getting There:

Driving Directions

From the Arches National Park Visitor Center, drive into the park for 14.0 miles to the signed “Fiery Furnace Viewpoint” turn-off. Turn south (right) into the Fiery Furnace Viewpoint and find a place to park. The GPS coordinate for the trailhead is: N38º 44′ 34″, W109º 33′ 58″.

 

Maps:

Fiery Furnace Map

Interactive Google Map

Use the map  + – controls to zoom in and out, click and drag the to move the map, use the Map drop-down to change to “Map”, “Satellite”, “Hybrid”, or “Terrain” views.  Drag the little man icon from the upper left corner to a map location for street level view.

Facilities

Restrooms are available at the Fiery Furnace Viewpoint, but not inside the Fiery Furnace. Food, gas, lodging and other services are not available in Arches National Park; services are available in the town of Moab.

Location Contact Information:

By Mail
Arches National Park
PO Box 907
Moab, UT 84532-0907

By Phone
Visitor Information
(435) 719-2299

Headquarters
(435) 719-2100

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 Moab Utah

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