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July 12, 2014
Artist in the Park Applications Being Accepted
The National Park Service Southeast Utah Group is now accepting applications for the 2015 Community Artist in the Parks (CAIP) Program.

July 07, 2014
National Park Service Announces Fire Restrictions for 2014
Due to very dry conditions and increasing fire danger in Southeast Utah, Superintendent Kate Cannon has announced fire restrictions for Arches and Canyonlands National Parks, and Natural Bridges and Hovenweep National Monuments.

June 04, 2014
Section of White Rim Road Closed for Culvert Replacement
A section of the White Rim Road in Canyonlands National Park will be closed from July 7th through July 11th to allow for replacement of a large culvert under the road.

June 03, 2014
River Recreation Advisory – Green River and Colorado River Below the Confluence
On the morning of May 21, 2014, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Moab Field Office was notified by SW Energy and the State of Utah, Division of Oil, Gas, and Mining of a leaking oil well in the Salt Wash field south of I-70, approximately 12 miles southeast of the town of Green River, Utah.

May 30, 2014
High River-Flow Advisory
Due to rising temperatures, mountain snowpack in the Upper Colorado River basin is melting and generating high flows on the Colorado and Green Rivers through Canyonlands National Park.

March 20, 2014
2014 Community Artist in the Parks Announced
The National Park Service Southeast Utah Group is pleased to announce Serena Supplee as the 2014 Community Artist in the Parks.

March 14, 2014
Bear Resistant Containers Now Required
The National Park Service (NPS) has announced that beginning May 1, 2014 all overnight, backcountry permit holders for Upper Salt and Salt-Horse backcountry zones in the Needles District of Canyonlands National Park will be required to store food and beverages, food and beverage containers, garbage, and all other scented items at least 100 feet from camp in a hard-sided, bear-resistant container.

February 07, 2014
Vegetation Pile Burns Planned
Park officials plan to burn piles of dead vegetation within Arches and Canyonlands National Parks between February 13th and 20th as weather conditions allow.

January 20, 2014
On-line Reservation of Backcountry Permits
A new on-line permit reservation system for Canyonlands National Park is now accepting reservations for all park backcountry permits and Needles District group campsites.

December 30, 2013
National Parks Fee Free Days Announced for 2014
The Southeast Utah Group of the National Park Service (Arches and Canyonlands National Parks and Hovenweep and Natural Bridges National Monuments) is joining all national parks across the country in waiving entrance fees several days in 2014.

December 10, 2013
2014 SEUG Annual Pass Now Available
The 2014 Southeast Utah Group (Arches and Canyonlands National Parks and Hovenweep and Natural Bridges National Monuments) Annual Pass is now available for purchase ($25).

December 10, 2013
Winter Visitor Center Hours and Closures
Arches' and Canyonlands' visitor center operations are reduced during the winter affecting how and where backcountry permits for Canyonlands will be available.

August 19, 2013
Southeast Utah National Parks Celebrate Founders' Day, August 25, 2013
All four parks of the Southeast Utah Group will waive entrance fees on Sunday, August 25th, 2013.

August 15, 2013
Human Waste Disposal Restrictions and Vault Toilet Removal Announced for the Needles District
The National Park Service (NPS) has announced that overnight backcountry permit holders for Chesler Park and Elephant Canyon backpacking campsites and the Peekaboo vehicle campsite in the Needles District of Canyonlands National Park, will be required to pack out their human waste beginning September 22, 2013.

August 09, 2013
Southeast Utah Fire Restrictions Rescinded
Effective 12:00am, Friday, August 9, 2013 fire restrictions will be lifted for the State of Utah, Bureau of Land Management (BLM), National Park Service and US Forest Service on lands within Carbon, Emery, Grand and San Juan Counties.

July 31, 2013
Prospectus Issued for River Transportation and Haul-Out Services in Canyonlands
The National Park Service (NPS) has issued a prospectus soliciting proposals for the award of two (2) concession contracts for River Transportation and Haul-Out Services within Canyonlands National Park.

Did You Know?

Collared Lizard

Lizards, including the colorful collared lizard, are one of the most frequently seen animals in Canyonlands. When not chasing flies or basking in the sun, they are often seen doing what appears to be push-ups. Scientists believe this and other behaviors signal dominance and facilitate courtship.