Delicate Arch Road Closure Feb. 2-12. 2009
Contact: Paul Henderson, 435-719-2140
The park road to the Delicate Arch Trailhead, the Wolfe Ranch District and the Delicate Arch Viewpoint will be closed from Monday, Feb. 2, 2009 to Thursday, February 12, 2009 for major road work. There will be no access to the area by foot or by vehicle.
The road closure is necessary for the installation of culverts where Salt Valley Wash intersects the paved road. This area was the site of extensive flooding in the fall of 2006. The improved drainage system should prevent future road closures due to heavy rain.
Visitors wishing to enjoy the silvery light of the full moon during this time period are encouraged to explore the many other spectacular opportunities available in the park. Consider a moonlit stroll in the Windows Area, Balanced Rock or the lower trailhead for Park Avenue (Courthouse Towers parking lot). Inviting trails and open slickrock make for particularly magical evening.
Park officials understand that many late winter visitors will be disappointed at not being able to access Delicate Arch, but hope they take advantage of the fantastic landscape and other massive arches that make this park a favorite.
Park staff are looking forward to the 2009 season with increased educational opportunities including Junior Ranger and family activities with those for limited time in the park along with guided hikes and the popular Fiery Furnace Tours.
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