“Located in Arches National Park”
3-hour, moderately strenuous ranger-led hike provided for free by the NPS During the busy season, rangers lead three-hour, moderately strenuous hikes through the Fiery Furnace. Tickets must be obtained in advance for a fee. Everyone attending the tour should be aware of the demanding nature of this hike and properly equipped for current conditions. During the hike, participants must walk and climb on irregular and broken sandstone, along narrow ledges above drop-offs, and in loose sand. There are gaps which must be jumped and narrow places that you must squeeze into and pull yourself up and through. In some of these places, you must hold yourself off the ground by pushing against the sandstone walls with your hands and feet. Due to the maze-like nature of the terrain, all participants are committed to completing the hike once they enter the Fiery Furnace. To better judge the hike's difficulty, you can watch a video or view a photo gallery. All participants must wear good hiking shoes or boots that have gripping soles. No sandals or high heeled shoes are allowed. Each person must carry at least one quart or liter of water. Water and other gear should be stowed in a backpack so that hands are free to be used to navigate the terrain.Age RestrictionsDue to the tour's difficulty and length, children under five years of age are not permitted. Children twelve and under must be accompanied by a responsible adult.FeesTickets cost $10 for adults (13 and older); $5 for children (5 through 12); $5 for Interagency Senior Pass holders; and $5 for Interagency Access Pass holders. Obtaining a Ticket Tickets are sold at the front desk only during late fall (November) and early spring (late-February to early-March), or when cancellations occur (which is rare). Reservations for main-season tours should be made online at www.recreation.gov, up to six months in advance and at least four days before the date of the hike.
LOVE this hike! We made reservations through the NPS as soon as they were available to make sure we got tickets. If you don't get them through the NPS, the price for a private guide is a lot more expensive. We were there in July and the temperatures were in the 100's. We did this hike in the afternoon and it was actually much cooler once we got down in the canyon. I was actually glad we went in the afternoon. Take water and a camera, but take as little as possible. If I were to go again, I would take a camelback so I didn't have to deal with water bottles. It is moderately strenuous. You do have to jump across some ledges and scramble up some rocks, but the ranger is there to help if needed. I am very afraid of heights and never had any issues.
A must do hike! Guided hike of course.
Fiery Furnace is a hike you can do on your own. Both ranger-led and self -exploring require a fee and also capacity controlled. No matter which you chose, it is fabulous. Some scrambling required. Not for the unsteady.
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Fiery Furnace Hike
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