The Fiery Furnace, Arches National Park

Some of Arches' best sites come in short hikes.
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Some of Arches' best sites come in short hikes.

Don't let the stated mileage--a measly two clicks--fool you. You can spend hours exploring the Fiery Furnace's labyrinth of narrow sandstone canyons and fins. Some scrambling, squeezing through tight spaces, and a permit (free) are required, or sign up for a ranger-guided tour. Start at the Fiery Furnace trailhead on the park road, off US 191 north of Moab.

drive time: Moab: 30 minutes

guides:National Parks of the American West, 3rd edition, by Don and Barbara Laine ($22). Trails Illustrated map Arches National Park #211 (800-962-1643; www.backpacker.com/mapstore; $10).

contact:Arches National Park, (435) 259-8161; www.nps.gov/arch