Delicate Arch Viewpoint Inaccessible
Wolfe Ranch and the hiking trail to Delicate Arch are open, but flood waters and mud have blocked the road to Delicate Arch Viewpoint.
Safety in Bear Country
Black bears have been seen near Devils Garden Campground. Don't lure or feed them. Dispose of trash in designated receptacles; don't leave it in bags or other soft containers. Store food in vehicles or hard containers when not being prepared or consumed. More »
National parks protect a tremendous variety of natural and cultural wonders that provide countless opportunities for scientific research. Studying the arches at Arches -- or, at other parks, the features for which they were established -- is only part of the picture. Since many parks prohibit activities that occur elsewhere on public and private lands (such as mining, grazing, and off-road vehicle use), they can serve as "control" areas to which scientists can compare the effects of these activities elsewhere. National parks in the American West often serve as the best model for what an undisturbed landscape should look like.
The summaries below cover the last decade of field work done in the park. These files require Adobe Acrobat Reader for viewing.
2012 Research Summary
2011 Research Summary
2010 Research Summary
2009 Research Summary
2008 Research Summary
2007 Research Summary
2006 Research Summary
2005 Research Summary
2004 Research Summary
(No summaries submitted for 2003)
2002 Research Summary
2001 Research Summary
For more information or to apply for a research permit, visit the NPS online Research Permit and Reporting System.
Did You Know?
The dirt is alive! A living crust called "Biological Soil Crust" covers much of Arches and the surrounding area. Composed of algae, lichens and bacteria, this crust provides a secure foundation for desert plants. Please stay on roads and trails to avoid trampling this important resource. More...