The village is a popular stop-off point on the Haute Route, a classic high-altitude mountain trek between Chamonix and Zermatt. The expedition can be tackled either by foot in the summer or by skis in the winter and spring. It is also on the itinerary of the Patrouille des Glaciers.
In the winter, Arolla has its own small Alpine ski area which makes up for its lack of scale with reliable snow cover, spectacular scenery and quiet pistes.
Hotels in Arolla include the historic Hotel Mont Collon, located near the entrance to the village, and Hotel Kurhaus, situated at the top of the series of hair-pin bends that rise through the village.
In addition to Mont Collon, the village is also overlooked by Pigne d'Arolla, a 3796-metre mountain, which can be climbed from the Cabane des Vignettes or Dix Hut mountain huts above Arolla. Pra Gra (2479m), an abandoned hamlet above Arolla, can be reached by a moderate walk of approximately 80 mins. The views of Mont Collon and the glacial trench at the end of the valley are particularly striking from this location.