As part of our long-term transportation planning effort, we intend to manage traffic congestion within the park while maintaining and improving public access. This action is supported by our 2006 Transportation Implementation Plan and Environmental Assessment (email us to request a copy), and Executive Order 13514 on Federal Leadership In Environmental, Energy, and Economic Performance (2009), which requires agencies to measure, manage, and reduce greenhouse gas emissions toward agency-defined targets including a 30 percent reduction in vehicle fleet petroleum use by 2020.
From 2006 to 2016, visitation increased from 833,049 to 1,585,718, an increase of 90 percent in 10 years. Arches also averages around 2,000 commercial bus tours a year with the busiest seasons from May through October. With this increase of visitation, we have seen an increase in parking issues that are no longer associated with holidays, weekends, or other special occasions. Parking congestion is now the norm from mid-March through early November.