Fiery Furnace

Nate Carlisle | The Salt Lake Tribune


This is an unconventional hike. There are no designated trails and your GPS will not work inside the slot canyons. But the Fiery Furnace has a plethora of redrock fins, towers, spires and even a few arches. And Fiery Furnace is great for exploring in narrow canyons and up and down boulders and rock walls. Itís recommended you go on a ranger-guided tour (March to October), so you donít get lost. These tours last 2 1/2 to three hours and cover about 2 miles, have little elevation change and require moderate hiking ability to navigate the terrain. You can hike Fiery Furnace on your own, but you will need to be careful not to get lost. Pay attention to landmarks and know your cardinal directions. Regardless of how you visit Fiery Furnace, you will need to go to the Arches National Park Visitors Center to make a reservation. The Park Service limits the number of people allowed per day in Fiery Furnace and requires everyone to watch an introductory video before receiving a permit. - Nate Carlisle Fees - $10 per adult and $5 per child for a ranger-guided hike, otherwise $4 per adult and $2 per child ; there also is a park entrance fee of $10 per vehicle

Getting there: From the Arches National Park Visitors Center on U.S. Highway 191, follow the parkís main road north about 16 miles. Signs will take you to Fiery Furnace.


-- Nate Carlisle

Region: Arches National Park

Destination: Fiery Furnace

Distance: 2 miles

Time: 3 hours

Elevation Gain: Minimal

Dog Allowed: No

Restrooms: Yes

Biking: No

Difficulty: 3


First published 2009-06-21