Winter Trail Conditions
All roads and trails remain open, but many trails are snowy, icy, and dangerous. Please inquire at the visitor center for the most up-to-date conditions.
Construction Update - 11/25/2013
Construction work continues at the Devils Garden parking lot, limiting parking and causing occasional delays. Visitors can avoid the area by turning around at Sand Dune Arch. More »
Pile Burning and Prescribed Fires
Contact: Allen Farnsworth, 970-529-5049
Several brush piles and one prescribed fire are planned in parks of the Southeast Utah Group this spring.
A prescribed fire project is planned at Natural Bridges National Monument. Approximately 22 acres of brush piles are planned for ignition sometime in April depending on weather and fuel conditions. The objective of this burn is to complete the final phase of a fuelbreak construction project along the 4 mile stretch from State Highway 95 to the monument visitor center. This controlled burn operation should take 3-4 days to complete.
Brush pile burning is planned for both Arches and Canyonlands National Parks. Burning is planned in Canyonlands National Park in Salt Wash and Horse Canyon south of the Needles Visitor Center. Within Arches National Park, piles will be burned in Winter Camp below Delicate Arch, and in Lost Spring Canyon in the northeast portion of the Park. The project should take 4-5 days to complete. Objectives of the burn are to eliminate tamarisk which were cut and piled in the past 3-7 years.
Fire managers want to emphasize that these controlled burn activities will only take place if and when optimum weather and smoke dispersal parameters are met. For further information concerning the planned prescribed fire activities, please contact Allen Farnsworth, Mesa Verde NP Fire Management Officer at 970-529-5049.
Did You Know?
Lizards, including the colorful collared lizard, are one of the most frequently seen animals at Arches. When not chasing flies or basking in the sun, they are often seen doing what appears to be push-ups. This odd dance might enhance their stereoscopic vision, helping them see what's looking back at them.