Fiery Furnace - Hiking

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Exceptional exploration of a maze like collection of sandstone fins and drainages, this is a hike, plan on 3-4 hours to cover 2+ miles of arches, narrow slots and surprises. Limited availability of hiking permits, ranger led or hired guide tour recommended

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Sallie Shatz


0.0 miles

Destination Distance From Downtown

11.8 miles


2 of 5 diamonds

Time To Complete

2 hours


All Seasons

Dog Friendly


Fees Permits


$10 per vehicle for day use

Land Website

Fiery Furnace



The Fiery Furnace is an experience, an exploration, not a workout. The area is a maze or labyrinth of narrow passageways between Sandstone walls, fins, spires and arches. There are no signs or trail markings in the Fiery Furnace. It is a magical experience to learn about the forces of nature and how beautiful it can be. Be sure to bring a camera, it’s a high contrast world- everything is either in the shadows or direct sun. Hiking permits, ranger led tours or hiring a guide are the only options for visiting this area.

What Makes It Great

From the outside, the Fiery Furnace looks like a group of spires next to each in a tight space. On the inside, there are narrow passageways, slots, arches and cool things to explore.

This is one of those experiences where you should hire a guide. It will allow movement at your pace that will expand and contract what ground is covered by your ability. You will also learn about what you are seeing.

Who is Going to Love It

A guide will give you a better experience then exploring on your own. Due to the nature of the terrain, children under the age of five are not allowed. Appropriate footwear is a necessity, no sandals are allowed. Permits are, on a limited basis, given out for groups to 25 people. There are ranger led tours that can be purchased online for $10 up to six months in advance, check the park’s website for availability. Do not enter this area without a permit.

Deep Desert Expeditions offers half-day tours.  Guide Mike Coronella spent 130 days in the Fiery Furnace last year along and his passion for the landscape is contagious.

Be sure to carry water on this run/hike. In the heat of the summer, it will hot. There is no water at the trailhead.

Directions, Parking, & Regulations

From Moab, go north on Route 191 and turn right into Arches National Park 5 miles from town. Drive 19 miles to the north end of the park. This is a popular hike with 150 parking spaces available, this is a hike to do early as parking fills.


Fiery Furnace

Moab, UT,
38.743449, -109.55921

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