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Arches Establishes Resource Protection Closure
Contact: Denny Ziemann, 435-719-2120
Arches National Park has established a visitor use closure of the area known as “Highway 191 Boulders” or “the Arches Boulders” for protection of park resources. Bouldering, rock climbing, rock scrambling, and other similar activities are now prohibited in this area within 500 feet inside the park boundary, in accordance with 36 CFR 1.5.
The National Park Service (NPS) initiated this closure to protect park resources found within the area after evaluation of the site by park resource management staff. This evaluation was part of the current public planning process for the park’s Climbing and Canyoneering Management Plan.
View map of affected area [530k PDF file]
Did You Know?
Edward Abbey worked as a seasonal park ranger at Arches in the late 1950s. His 1968 memoir of this experience, "Desert Solitaire," has become a classic of desert literature.