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Fiery Furnace

Arches National Park, UT
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Type: Geologic Formations, Hiking Trails
Activities: Hiking, Watching sunrise/sunset, Group tours/walking tour
Description: Excellent hike, especially with a guide, and a wonderful opportunity for sunset photos.
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Kalispell, MT
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12 reviews 12 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

We stopped at the VC last Wednesday and got a permit to explore the Fiery Furnace on Saturday. The route we found had a lot more sustained scrambles (not technical vertical climbs), than the ranger-led hike. If you have any climbing/canyoneering experience, I'd recommend this option if you can't get a spot on the guided tour. If you have no... More

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2014 NEW

We were scheduled for another tour but got mixed up and put on this one. We were not disappointed. This tour is super cool, beautiful in fact. Would definitely recommend it, I had knee surgery and was still able to climb the riocks. Some of the rock formations are beautiful, a must see.

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Spokane, Washington
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10 reviews 10 reviews
7 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2014 NEW

Ranger Stephen was very knowledgeable about the geology and local flora and fauna and presented the information in a way as to attract and teach children as well as their older companions. The hike is a moderate, with the requirement you can step up about 20 inches or so, multiple times and hike over uneven terrain. There are a couple... More

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Ogden Dunes, IN
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50 reviews 50 reviews
17 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2014

We booked our tour with the National Park Service early and saved a ton of money. Our family went for $35 total, versus $100 per person with local guides. Our ranger was knowledgeable and enthusiastic. Our 6 year old did just fine, but be aware that there are large drop-offs in spots. It was the best hike that I did... More

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Clearfield, Utah
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27 reviews 27 reviews
10 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2014

If you think you would like to try this, sign up as soon as you arrive at the park, it books up fast. The ranger gives you an entertaining hike and a naturalists view of what you are seeing. Wear good running or hiking shoes, bring water and consider a walking stick for the dicey places. Stop at a Pharmacy... More

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Shawnee Mission, Kansas
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24 reviews 24 reviews
8 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2014

This was the highlight of our trip. You cannot hike in Fiery Furnace without a permit or a guide. There are no trails and you can get easily lost. We used Eric, with Windgate Adventures. He was great and we can't say enough good about him. Park services offers a guided hike but they fill fast, with 25 people, and... More

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Lehi, Utah, United States
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35 reviews 35 reviews
11 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2014

We went in February, over President's Day weekend, and it was perfect weather. Also very few visitors. We spend only 90 minutes in the fiery furnace but we'll go back and spend a at least a half day, This was so much fun. It's as hard or as easy as you want it to be. The ranger also tried to... More

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Jönköping, Jönköpings Län, Sweden
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2014

We did this hike when it was above 30 degrees (Celsius), and it was really hot. Cool views and the park is probable really cool in the sunset...

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Foster City, California
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3 reviews 3 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2013

We followed the GPS coordinates from http://utahoutdoorfun.com/2011/03/20/get-lost-in-the-fiery-furnace-arches-national-park/ to skull arch and back. It was our first time there, but we were able to find our way through, for the most part! Getting the permit was pretty straightforward, although the ranger tried to discourage us from getting it at first.

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Baltimore
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57 reviews 57 reviews
25 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2013

This hike was a great way to wrap up our time at Arches. The entire hike is like walking through a Nat Geo picture book of the southwest. Rising archways and ancient junipers frame the ~3hr traverse. The ranger gave us some great detailed explanation about the rock formations, and a ton of time for the numerous photo-ops along the... More

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