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 »
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?
Much of canyon country's annual precipitation falls during summer monsoons. These dramatic storms often last less than twenty minutes but can cause powerful flash floods despite their brevity.