On October 15, 2019 the National Park Service hosted a public meeting in Moab, UT, to discuss visitor experiences at Arches National Park. NPS presented information regarding ongoing studies to better understand our visitors’ experience, transportation opportunities, and traffic patterns and dynamics. This web page provides the information that was presented during the public meeting.
What problems are occurring?
What is the status of the Traffic Congestion Management Plan/Environmental Assessment (EA)?
The NPS released a Traffic Congestion Management Plan/Environmental Assessment (EA) in 2017 (learn more about the 2017 plan). Based on the feedback the park received, we have now canceled that EA. The park has determined that additional information and analysis are needed. We are stepping back to reconsider all options for managing congestion in the park. It is important to note that the park remains committed to solving congestion challenges and to do so as collaboratively as possible. As we start to collect more data and formulate long-term solutions the park aims to better understand our visitor experience, transportation alternatives, and traffic patterns and dynamics.
The National Park Service has charted a path forward. The next steps the park intends to take are:
Once these steps are taken, the park will develop a new proposal and strategies to move forward. We will then initiate a new National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) process for public comment and feedback.
Last updated: November 20, 2019