Cell Phone Service
Red rock country is easy on the eyes but hard on mobile phones. Cellular service is available in most towns and along major highways, but visitors will find many areas without coverage throughout the region.
Coverage at Arches is spotty. Service varies between carriers; currently, Verizon seems to offer the widest coverage in the area. As a rule of thumb, signals are strongest wherever the La Sal Mountains are visible.
Areas with reliable cell phone coverage for most carriers include:
Sandstone walls effectively disrupt cellular service in these areas:
For your own safety, please remember that:
Satellite phones are a fairly reliable means of communication at Arches. Visitors should expect dropped calls and periodic lack of service when satellites are not in a position to transmit.
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.