Some unpaved roads are closed
Recent rains have caused extensive damage to the Lavender Canyon road, Colorado Overlook road, and the Salt/Horse road. The White Rim Road is impassable from Hardscrabble camp to Upheaval Bottom. Roads will be closed until repairs can be made. More »
Extreme Fire Danger
Due to extremely dry conditions, fire restrictions are in effect in all national park units in Utah. More »
New backcountry requirements in effect
Hard-sided bear containers are required for backpackers in parts of the Needles District. More »
Vegetation Pile Burns Planned in Arches and Canyonlands
Contact: Mark Miller, 435-719-2130
Park officials will begin burning piles of dead vegetation in several locations throughout Arches and Canyonlands National Parks over the next several weeks as conditions allow.
The burns are being completed in order to consume existing accumulations of woody and herbaceous material from exotic plant management, fuel reduction, and general maintenance projects in the parks over the past year. Piles of tamarisk and other non-native plant species will be burned in order to improve visitor and employee safety in the event of wildfires, and help in efforts to restore and maintain native plant communities.
More information about these burns may be obtained by contacting Joanie Lawrence, Fuels Specialist, at (970) 529-5066 or Steve Underwood, Fire Management Officer, at (970) 529-5049.
Did You Know?
Desert bighorn sheep live year-round in Canyonlands. These animals make their home along the rivers, negotiating the steep, rocky talus slopes with ease. Once in danger of becoming extinct, desert bighorns are making a tentative comeback thanks to the healthy herds in Canyonlands. More...