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Winter Visitor Center Hours and Closures

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Date: December 10, 2013
Contact: Mary Wilson, 435-719-2140

Arches and Canyonlands national parks are open all year, but the parks' visitor center operations change with the arrival of winter.

The Arches National Park Visitor Center is open daily from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. this winter, except for Christmas Day when it will be closed.

The Island in the Sky Visitor Center in Canyonlands National Park will be closed starting December 31, 2013 and reopen on Tuesday, March 4, 2014. The Needles Visitor Center in Canyonlands National Park closed for the winter Sunday, December 1st and will reopen on Tuesday, March 4, 2014. Law enforcement staff will remain on duty in both areas.

Visitors wishing to stay overnight in Canyonlands’ backcountry this winter may obtain their backcountry permits from the park’s Central Reservation Office (435-259-4351) at Park Headquarters located at 2282 S. West Resource Blvd. The Central Reservation Office is open Monday through Friday (except federal holidays), 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Visitors to the Needles District who are unable to obtain their permits from the Central Reservation Office are asked to self register for their backcountry trip on the front porch of the Needles Visitor Center. Visitors to the Island in the Sky District will need to obtain their permits from the Central Reservation Office.

Visitor services (lodging, food, water, etc.) are not available in Canyonlands National Park. Winter visitors to the park need to be well equipped with all necessities.   

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