best airport for arches national park

Best Airports Near Arches National Park

If you are looking to fly into Arches National Park, finding the best airport can be a bit of a challenge!  There are airports that are quite close but have challenges with flight options (and are quite expensive).  Other airports are major hubs, but require a decent drive to get to Arches National Park.

best airports for arches national park

Though it will take some planning, finding your way to Arches National Park is totally worth the effort!  The sheer number of natural arches is amazing, but the scenery in general is breathtaking.  It really is unbelievable that these landscapes exist in nature!

To help you out, we put together this brief guide to help you know what options there are for flying into Arches National Park, the closest airports and hopefully you’ll find the best airport to fly into Arches National Park for you and your travel companions!

We should also note that due to the proximity of nearby Canyonlands National Park, this guide will also help you to find the best airport for Canyonlands National Park as well as Dead Horse Point State Park.

AIRPORTS NEAR ARCHES NATIONAL PARK: OVERVIEW

While many parks have multiple entrances to choose from which can complicate your travel decisions, Arches National Park is easy in that there is really only one main entrance into the park, which is the Moab Entrance on the southern end of the park.  The entrance is accessed from Highway 191, which is the main road that goes through Moab, extending from Crescent Junction, Utah to the north, all the way down to the US-Mexico border.

Really, the main decision-making criteria for picking the right airport comes down to convenience vs. cost.  To help you figure out the best airport for Arches National Park we put together this graphic which should help out!

closest airports to arches national park

 

arches national park itinerary

In advance of your trip, download a copy our Arches National Park itinerary, which covers how to best spend 1, 2 or 3 days in the park, the best hikes, how to avoid the crowds, hiking maps and trailhead directions and much more!

THE CLOSEST AIRPORTS TO SEQUOIA NATIONAL PARK

Canyonlands Field Airport:

  • Symbol: CNY
  • Location: Moab, UT
  • Closest Park Entrance: Main Park Entrance (Moab) (14 miles)
  • Operating Season: Year-round
  • Notes: While this is by far the closest airport to Arches National Park, it is served by only a few flights per day, which are operated as “public charter flights.” That means that they are somewhat irregular, not overly on-time and quite expensive.

Grand Junction Regional Airport:

  • Symbol: GJT
  • Location: Grand Junction, CO
  • Closest Park Entrance: Main Park Entrance (Moab) (110 miles)
  • Operating Season: Year-round

Durango-La Plata County Airport:

  • Symbol: DRO
  • Location: Durango, CO
  • Closest Park Entrance: Main Park Entrance (Moab) (176 miles)
  • Operating Season: Year-round

Salt Lake City International Airport:

  • Symbol: SLC
  • Location: Salt Lake City, UT
  • Closest Park Entrance: Main Park Entrance (Moab) (230 miles)
  • Operating Season: Year-round
  • Notes: By far, Salt Lake City is the most popular airport to fly into when visiting Arches. It’s a bit of a drive, but there are a ton of flights that come in here from many different carriers, rental car options are numerous and it’s a great place to stock up on supplies.  It’s also a great place to use as an airport if you are visiting the other Utah Parks.

Denver International Airport:

  • Symbol: DEN
  • Location: Denver, CO
  • Closest Park Entrance: Main Park Entrance (Moab) (371 miles)
  • Operating Season: Year-round
  • Notes: Denver is a great airport to fly into if you are also visiting other Colorado Parks and making a loop out of your trip.

FURTHER INFORMATION ON ARCHES NATIONAL PARK FROM JUST GO TRAVEL STUDIOS

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