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Fiery Furnace

Arches National Park

Moab, Arches + La Sal Mountains, Utah

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  • Entering the Fiery Furnace.- Fiery Furnace
  • Eroded stone caricatures in the Fiery Furnace.- Fiery Furnace
  • The Fiery Furnace in Arches National Park.- Fiery Furnace
  • You can wander into the narrow spaces in the rocks.- Fiery Furnace
  • A canyon wall curves with the pattern of erosion. - Fiery Furnace
  • Skull Arch in the Fiery Furnace, Arches National Park. - Fiery Furnace
  • An ephemeral pool serves as crustacean habitat.- Fiery Furnace
  • Fiery Furnace, Arches National Park.- Fiery Furnace
  • The sunlight creates dramatic contrasts in the jagged landscape.- Fiery Furnace
  • Surprise Arch, Arches National Park.- Fiery Furnace
  • Looking south out of the Fiery Furnace toward the La Sal mountains.- Fiery Furnace
  • The La Sal Mountains rising beyond the Fiery Furnace.- Fiery Furnace
  • Even if you don't follow the trail, there is excellent scrambling and scenic views galore!- Fiery Furnace
  • The pillars are incredible up close!- Fiery Furnace
Overview + Weather
Pros: 
Fewer crowds. Amazing geology. Shade.
Cons: 
Permit or tour required.
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Region:
Moab, Arches + La Sal Mountains, UT
Congestion: 
Moderate
Pets allowed: 
No
Net Elevation Gain: 
200.00 ft (60.96 m)
Parking Pass: 
National Park Pass
Preferable Season(s):
Winter, Spring, Fall
Total Distance: 
2.00 mi (3.22 km)
Trail type: 
Loop
Trailhead Elevation: 
4,780.00 ft (1,456.94 m)
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Hike Description

Hike Description

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The Fiery Furnace is a adventurous labyrinth within a large cluster of sandstone fins and spires in Arches National Park.  It is quite possibly the most unique geological area of the park, which is remarkable given the surroundings. It is also one of the better places to escape park crowds, making it practically a "must do" for any itinerary. Despite its name, it is not a perpetually sweltering place (it can be quite cool in the canyon shadows at times). Rather, it was given the name due to the warm glow of the rocks in the late afternoon sun. According to the National Park Service, the chaos of the fins, spires, and canyons is "void, silent, and almost uncanny in its solitude." 

The area is usage-restricted, at least partially for safety purposes, as there are no trails, signs, or cairns. Those wishing to visit must either accompany a ranger-guided tour or obtain a permit at the Arches National Park Visitor Center. Both have $10 fees. For those navigationally-inclined, exploring alone affords enhanced solitude and adventure. However, the ranger-guided tours have their own set of benefits, such as interesting geological and anthropological features within the Fiery Furnace (like the amazing fairy shrimp crustacean) that often go unnoticed or would remain unknown to most visitors.

No water or restrooms are available in the Fiery Furnace. Length and elevation gain will be subject to individual discretion.  

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