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The Fiery Furnace, Arches National Park

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