Size: 193 Acres

Year Established: 2018

Annual Visitors: 1.15 Million

Firearms Information in Gateway Arch National Park

No. The following items are strictly prohibited at Gateway National Park: firearms, tasers/stun guns, mace, pepper spray, explosives, knives with blades longer than four inches, brass knuckles, swards, etc. In some cases, entrance may be denied if security personnel determine that a bag contains materials that could be used as weapons.

Hunting is not possible in Gateway Arch National Park

No, there is no hunting in Gateway National Park.

Additional Information About Gateway Arch National Park

Near the heart of St. Louis, on the banks of the Mississippi River, sits a tiny oasis known as Gateway. Typical national parks feature expansive vistas and dense forests, but this one has neither of those features.

Homesteaders fled urban areas in search of opportunity in the vast western lands made available by President Thomas Jefferson’s Louisiana Purchase from the French in 1803. Furthermore, they explored other newly acquired U.S. frontiers.

The government commissioned architect Eero Saarinen to create a memorial to mark the occasion of this westward migration. He created the world’s highest arch, measuring 630 feet in height, using stainless steel in the middle of the 1960s. A passage through it denotes the start of the next region.

The area served as a national monument before being elevated to the status of national park. It underwent extensive refurbishment and enlargement a little over a decade ago, bringing the building up to Saarinen’s original grand design.

Best Time to Visit Gateway Arch National Park

May to October

Visitor Fees

Children under the age of 16 and those with an America the Beautiful Pass receive free admission. Both adults and kids must pay extra for the tram trip, movie, and riverboat tours. The Museum Below the Arch is a free attraction.

$3.00 per person

Visitor Centers

Gateway Arch Visitor Center


Gateway Arch,
St. Louis, MO 63102

Phone Number

(877) 982-1410

Hours of Operation

Daily 9:00 AM–8:00 PM

Be sure to check for seasonal closures.