Some unpaved roads are closed
Recent rains have caused extensive damage to some roads in the Needles District and some of the roads into the Maze District. More »
Safety in Bear Country
Black bears have been seen in the Needles, Maze, and along the Colorado River. Be alert and store food and garbage properly: in hard-sided, latched containers (or your vehicle) when not being prepared or consumed. 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
Contact: Cheryl Decker, 435-719-2132
Vegetation Pile Burns Planned in Arches and Canyonlands National Parks
Park officials plan to burn piles of dead vegetation within Arches and Canyonlands National Parks between February 13th and 20th as weather 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.
Completion of these pile burn projects will take approximately 2 to 3 days, followed by several days of monitoring and clean-up activities. Smoke from the burn projects is expected to be minimal, but warning signs will be used near project areas where smoke impacts are expected. Park officials urge visitors to drive carefully and watch for fire personnel and vehicles.
More information about these burns may be obtained by contacting Keith Krause, Fuels Specialist, at (970) 529-5062 or Steve Underwood, Fire Management Officer, at (970) 529-5049.
Did You Know?
Pinyon pines do not produce pine nuts every year. These delicious nuts can only be harvested every three to seven years. This irregular schedule prevents animals from adapting to an abundance of pine nuts and guarantees that at least some nuts will become new pine trees instead of a quick meal. More...