Arches National Park
Fiery Furnace in Arches National Park is a labyrinth of narrow sandstone canyons and fins.
The route requires minor scrambling and squeezing through tight spaces. This relatively
small area is one of the most incredible and spectacular places in the park. The Fiery
Furnace has restrictions on access and requires that you sign up for a ranger guided tour
or obtain a special permit.
The Fiery Furnace is a mazelike
labyrinth of narrow sandstone canyons. Unless you have been in before or are going with
someone who knows their way around you will be wasting your time. If you are new to the
Fiery Furnace it is best to sign up for the ranger guided hike until you learn your way
around. There is no trail and you are encouraged to accompany a ranger both for your
safety and to diminish impacts on the natural system.
The ranger guided hike
is suitable for all healthy adults and older children. The loop hike is 2 miles around and
will require 2 1/2 to 3 hours to complete. The hike winds through terrain that
occasionally requires the use of hands and feet to scramble up and through narrows cracks
and along narrow ledges above drop-offs.
Navigation for this route
is easy with a ranger and extremely difficult without one. A GPS is useless in this deep
canyon maze. The USGS 7.5' Maps titled "The Windows Section" and "Mollie
Hogans" show the Fiery Furnace. All waypoints and maps for this route use the WGS84
datum. This route is rated 1A II using the Canyon Rating System.
Every visitor entering the Fiery
Furnace must obtain a ticket for the ranger-guided hike or a hiking permit at the visitor
center. Guided hikes are offered daily (spring
through fall) through this trail-less area. Reservations are required and must be
made online at www.recreation.gov at
least four days in advance. These popular hikes often fill weeks in advance,
so it's a good idea to plan ahead. Tours are limited to 25 people. Due to
the strenuous nature of the hike, children under five are not permitted.
Fees charged for the
ranger-guided Fiery Furnace walk go directly to supporting the program. The
price as of 2012 is $10 for adults and $5 for children five through twelve
or holders of the Interagency Senior or Access passes.
Follow the main road into Arches National Park and do not turn off until told to do so.
From Arches National Park Visitor Center drive into the park for 14.0 miles to the signed
"Fiery Furnace Viewpoint" turn-off. Turn south (right) into the Fiery Furnace
Viewpoint and find a place to park (N38° 44' 34", W109° 33' 58"). The trailhead is identified by a large paved parking lot
that will accommodate many vehicles. There is a pit toilet located at the trailhead. The
trailhead is accessible to all vehicles in all conditions.
The Fiery Furnace is home to several technical canyoneering routes. Because of the
sensitive nature of the area the technical routes are not betaed on this or
any other website. Canyoneers have adopted a voluntary restriction on the
area with the understanding that those new to the area must first do the
routes with someone that has done them before. Please honor this voluntary restriction
to keep the area open to future canyoneers. If technical canyoneering in the
Fiery Furnace becomes an issue with the National Park Service the area will
be closed to all but ranger guided tours. The best place to find a
partner to show you the routes is in the canyoneering section of
Bogley Outdoor Forum.
Below is a
short video documenting some of the fun to be had inside the Fiery Furnace.