Superintendent's Compendium

SUPERINTENDENT'S COMPENDIUM: or Designations, Closures, Permit Requirements and Other Restrictions Imposed Under Discretionary Authority - 36 CFR 1.7(b)

November 2017

As provided in 16 USC, Section 3, and Title 36, Code of Federal Regulations (CFR), Chapter I, Parts 1-7, the following Superintendent's Orders are established for Arches National Park. Unless otherwise noted, these orders apply in addition to the regulations contained in Parts 1-7 of Title 36 CFR.

This compendium is organized, with reference to the applicable sections, of Title 36 CFR . For example, (the order entitled 1.5 closures and public use limits), is addressed in section in 1.5 Title 36 CFR.

I have determined that these actions are necessary for the maintenance of public health and safety, protection of environmental or scenic values, protection of natural or cultural resources, aid to scientific research, implementation of management responsibilities, equitable allocation and use of facilities, or the avoidance of conflict among visitor use activities.

Visitors may obtain a copy of this compendium, additional information or permit applications by contacting:
Office of the Superintendent,
Arches National Park,
2282 SW Resource Blvd.,
Moab, Utah 84532-3298.

A copy of this compendium is also available for public review at the following locations:
Arches Visitor Center
Arches National Park

Chief Ranger's Office
2282 SW Resource Blvd; Moab, Utah 84532-3298

The Arches National Park Internet Web Site: http://www.nps.gov/arch

Approved: /s/ Kate Cannon, December 12, 2017
Kate Cannon, Superintendent
Arches National Park

 

Contents


36 CFR 1.5 – Closures and Public Use Limits
36 CFR 1.6 – Permits
36 CFR 2.1 – Preservation of Natural, Cultural, and Archeological Resources
36 CFR 2.2 – Wildlife Protection
36 CFR 2.10 – Camping and Food Storage
36 CFR 2.11 – Picnicking
36 CFR 2.13 – Fires
36 CFR 2.14 – Sanitation and Refuse
36 CFR 2.15 – Pets
36 CFR 2.16 – Horses and Pack Animals
36 CFR 2.21 – Smoking
36 CFR 2.35 – Alcoholic Beverages and Controlled Substances
36 CFR 2.51 – Public Assemblies, Meetings
36 CFR 2.52 – Sale or Distribution of Printed Matter
36 CFR 2.62 – Memorialization
36 CFR 4.21 – Speed Limits
36 CFR 4.30 – Bicycles
Appendix A: Fiery Furnace Map
Appendix B: Fiery Furnace Image
Appendix C: Designated Area for First Amendment Activities
Appendix D: Backcountry Use Areas
Appendix E: Area Closures for Wildlife Protection

 

36 CFR 1.5 Closures and Public Use Limits

Roads

Definition:
High Clearance Four-Wheel-Drive (4WD) Vehicles Defined as a Jeep, sport utility vehicle (SUV) or truck type with at least 15-inch tire rims and at least eight inches of clearance from the lowest point of the frame, body, suspension, or differential to the ground. Four wheel drive vehicles have a low gear transfer case between the front and rear axles that locks the front and rear drive shafts together when four wheel drive is engaged. All wheel drive (AWD) vehicles do not meet this definition.

  • The following roads and parking areas are closed to all public vehicle traffic except for those on official government business:
    1. HQ administrative roads
    2. Balanced Rock maintenance area access
    3. Devils Garden maintenance area access
  • Invited guests of employees residing in government housing may access administrative roadways in housing areas.
  • The unpaved back country road running north and south between Tower Arch and Balanced Rock requires motor vehicles be equipped with 4 wheel drive .
  • All park roads are subject to temporary closures as indicated by signs or other means of notification during periods of adverse weather, natural disaster, emergency, or implementation of management responsibilities.
Park Areas
  • The area of Sand Dune Arch identified by a posted “closed” sign is closed to entry.
  • Climbing, scrambling, or walking upon, wrapping webbing or rope around, or rappelling from any arch with an opening greater than 3 feet is prohibited in Arches National Park.
Rock Climbing and Canyoneering

Definitions:

Technical Rock Climbing is defined as ascending or descending a rock formation utilizing rock climbing equipment.

Free Climbing and Clean Aid Climbing are minimum impact approaches that employ chocks, stoppers, nuts and camming devices, rather than pitons or bolts, for protection or 3 direct support. These are climbing aids that are removable and do not damage the rock.

Aid Climbing is the direct use of a fixed or placed protection – pitons, nuts, bolts rivets, spring-loaded cams, etc., to support a climber’s weight and assist in the climber’s ascent. In general, aid techniques are reserved for pitches where free climbing is difficult to impossible, and extremely steep and long routes. Most difficult aid climbs still require pitons or other techniques using a hammer.

Clean Aid Climbing is aid climbing without the use of bolting gear, pitons or other gear that scars the rock or becomes fixed after ascent.

Canyoneering (also known as Canyoning) is defined as cross country travel involving descending into canyons or major rock formations using a variety of techniques that are associated with technical descents –those that require rappels (abeils) and ropework, technical climbing or down-climbing, technical jumps, and/or technical swims.

Bivying (also known as bivouac)is the act of camping while on a climbing route above the ground. This may involve nothing more than lying down or sitting on a rock ledge overnight. If no rock ledge is available, a cot or “portaledge” is suspended from anchors to serve as a bivouac.

Slacklining or Slinglining is defined as walking on a rope or other line that is anchored between rock formations, trees, or any other natural features. Height of the rope above the ground is immaterial.

The following closures, conditions, and restrictions apply to rock climbing or similar activities such as, but not limited to, technical rock climbing, free climbing and clean aid climbing within Arches National Park:

Closures

  • Except for Administrative Activities, the areas identified by Feature or Route Name in the attached appendix entitled Area Protection – Wildlife are closed to all visitor use, as listed or until NPS surveys the associated habitats to be unoccupied by nesting raptors and/or lambing bighorn sheep.
  • Balanced Rock - Closed to climbing year-round
  • The 10 acre area near the North Moab Canyon Bike trail and Hwy 191 (which is marked by signs spaced along the park boundary for approximately 1600’) is closed to bouldering, rock climbing, rock scrambling or any like activity.

Restrictions

Climbing and canyoneering within Arches National Park shall be either free climbing or clean aid climbing, and includes the following conditions:

  • Rock climbing groups are limited to 5 persons per group.
  • Special Use Permits are required for installation of new fixed gear, if an existing bolt or other hardware item is unsafe, it may be replaced, without a permit. Anchor hardware must be painted the color of the rock surface before installation.
  • The installation and use of pitons and deadman anchors is prohibited.
  • If an existing software item (sling, runner etc.) is unsafe, it may be replaced.
  • Software (webbing, accessory cords, etc.) that is left in place shall match the rock surface in color.
  • The intentional removal of lichen or plants from rock is prohibited.
  • The physical altering of rock faces including, but not limited to chiseling, glue reinforcement of existing holds, and gluing of new holds is prohibited.
  • The use of motorized power drills is prohibited in areas managed as wilderness. Outside of wilderness, a motorized drill requires a special use permit.
  • The use of white chalk (or chalk substitutes) for climbing is prohibited. Chalk or substitutes must be of a color that blends with the native rock.
  • Fixed ropes may not be left in place for more than 24 hours. Fixed ropes left in place longer than 24 hours shall be considered "abandoned property" and removed.
  • Slacklining or slinglining is prohibited.
Use limits, conditions, and restrictions

The area known as the Fiery Furnace (see map, Appendix A, B) is closed to entry except by those who have secured a permit from a uniformed park employee. Visitors entering the Fiery Furnace during emergency operations are exempt from this requirement.

HANG GLIDERS, BASEJUMPING, UNMANNED AERIAL VEHICLES, AND OFF-HIGHWAY VEHICLES

Arches National Park is closed to the use of hang gliders, paragliders, and parachutes. BASE jumping is prohibited in Arches National Park. 36 CFR 2.17 (a)(3); NPS Management Policies 2006, 8.2.2.7.

Definition: The term “unmanned aircraft” means a device that is used or intended to be used for flight in the air without the possibility of direct human intervention from within, or on the device, and the associated operational elements and components that are required for the pilot or system operator in command to operate or control the device (such as cameras, sensors, communication links). This term includes all types of devices that meet this definition (for example, model airplanes, quadcopters, drones) that are used for any purpose, including for recreation and commerce.

Launching, landing, or operating an unmanned aircraft from or on lands and waters administered by the National Park Service within the boundaries of Arches National Park is prohibited except as approved in writing by the superintendent. 36 CFR 1.5

OFF HIGHWAY VEHICLES

No use of vehicles is allowed off of designated roads. 36 CFR 4.10(a), (b).

All motor vehicles operated within the boundaries of Arches National Park must have a valid state registration, display a valid state license plate(s), and be operated by someone in possession of a valid state issued operator’s license. 36 CFR 4.2.

All vehicles must be equipped to legally operate on interstate highways. 36 CFR 1.5

Use of off highway vehicles (OHV); all-terrain vehicles (ATV); or other motorized conveyance traveling on three or more low pressure tires and designed for or capable of recreational non-highway, off road, or all terrain travel is prohibited. 36 CFR 1.5

The use of electric bicycles (e-bikes) is prohibited, unless said bicycle is lawful to operate on interstate highways.

Artificial Light Sources

The use of artificial light sources for purposes other than personal route-finding or minimum impact camping—that is, to light up landscapes, rock formations, or other park features—is prohibited.

Engine Idling and Generators

Operators are prohibited from idling motor vehicle engines or generators in developed areas, with the following exceptions:

  • in the Devils Garden campground a generator may be operated during the hours of 8 am–10 am and 4 pm–8 pm.

    Drivers of motor vehicles are prohibited from idling their engines in parking lots of developed areas, with the following exceptions:

    • after long uphill grades, engines may be idled for up to 10 minutes in order to cool
    • engines may be left running to provide cooling or heating for disabled passengers who have difficulty in disembarking.
    • to allow the driver to complete their Pre Trip Vehicle Inspection.
Swimming and bathing

The following restrictions apply to all park lands:

  • Bathing and immersing human bodies are prohibited in water sources that do not have water flowing both in and out at the time of the activity. Swimming and wading also are prohibited in water sources that do not currently have water flowing both in and out, except in cases where it is necessary to enter the water source in order to traverse a route.
  • Only biodegradable soaps may be used, and they must be used at least 100 feet away from water sources.
  • Rinsing dishes or other equipment directly in water sources is prohibited.
  • A water source may not be emptied or depleted for human and/or saddle/pack animal use.
Fixed Lines

The use of fixed lines (any line made from any material which is stretched between two points) is prohibited except for tie downs used in conjunction with tarps or tents affixed to ground stakes. This includes but is not limited to clothes lines, dog runs, hammocks or slack lines and prohibits attachment to vegetation, natural features, or government property. This regulation does not apply to recreational climbing.

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1.6 Permits

(c) The following permits are required within Arches National Park:

  • Carry or possess a weapon, With the exception of firearms - 36 cfr 2.4(d)
  • Specimen collection - 36 cfr 2.5
  • Backcountry use permit - 36 cfr 2.10
  • Audio disturbance - 36 cfr 2.12
  • Aircraft and air delivery - 36 cfr 2.17
  • Unattended property - 36 cfr 2.22
  • Fee waiver - 36 cfr 2.23
  • Noncommercial soliciting - 36 cfr 2.37
  • Explosives - 36 cfr 2.38
  • Special Events - 36 cfr 2.50
  • Public assemblies, meetings - 36 cfr 2.51
  • Sale or distribution of printed material - 36 cfr 2.52
  • Residing on Federal lands - 36 cfr 2.61
  • Memorialization - 36 cfr 2.62
  • Load, weight and size limits - 36 cfr 4.11
  • Business operations - 36 cfr 5.3
  • Commercial photography- 36 cfr 5.3
  • Commercial vehicles - 36 cfr 5.6
  • Construction of buildings or other facilities -36 cfr 5.7
  • Fiery Furnace Day Use Permit - 36 cfr 1.6
  • Canyoneering - 36 cfr 1.6
  • Rock climbing permits are optional

Permits will be specific in nature to the activity being permitted. In those cases where permit use is frequent, a specific permit form has been designed, i.e. backcountry permit, entrance and campground fee permits, canyoneering, rock climbing, and commercial filming permits. In most other cases a special use permit or letter of authorization will be prepared which will articulate the specific conditions under which the permitted activity is authorized. In all cases a permit or letter of authorization must be in the permittee's possession at all times and must be presented to any authorized person upon request.

Recreational Fee Permits for overnight stays in Devils Garden Campground will be issued as posted. The receipt must be inserted in the box located at the appropriate campsite within 30 minutes of occupying a campsite.

(e) Terms and conditions of the Fiery Furnace permit system are as follows:

  • Walking anywhere except on rocks or in washes is prohibited.
  • Walking (stepping) on vegetation is prohibited.
  • One member from each group must openly display the permit (Form 10-404) while in the Fiery Furnace (ie. attached to pack or clothing).
  • All members of a group hiking together must be on a single permit. Multiple permitted parties may not join up and hike together.
  • Transfer of the permit is prohibited.
  • The maximum group size is 25 people.
  • The maximum daily limit is 75 people.

(e) Terms and conditions of the Climbing and Canyoneering permits are as follows:

  • Rock climbing groups will be limited to five persons per group.
  • Canyoneering groups in the Fiery Furnace and Lost Spring Canyon canyoneering routes will be limited to six persons per group. Elsewhere canyoneering groups will be limited to ten persons per group

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2.1 Preservation of natural, cultural and archaeological resources

(b) Leaving a trail or walkway to shortcut between portions of the same trail or walkway or to shortcut to an adjacent trail or walkway is prohibited.

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2.2 Wildlife Protection

Wildlife lawfully taken outside of Arches National Park may be transported non-stop through the Park using the following roads and in the following directions. (Outbound from the park only):

  • Cache Valley Road from the east boundary to Delicate Arch Road; Delicate Arch Road between Cache Valley Road and the Main Park Road; Main Park Road from Delicate Arch Road to the main park entrance near the visitor center.

Vehicles transporting lawfully taken wildlife being transported as outlined above will not be allowed to stop at designated pullouts, road shoulders or parking lots except in cases of emergency.

Wildlife carcasses will display a valid state game tag. Animals must be covered or out of sight. Persons transporting will have in their possession a valid state hunting license. Wildlife being transported through the park must meet all State of Utah Big Game Proclamation requirements pertaining to tagging and transporting of big game.

With the exception of firearms, hunters must possess only weapons that meet the definition of “unloaded” during cross-park transport (36 CFR 1.4 – “Bows, crossbows, spear guns or any implement capable of discharging a missile or similar device by means of a loading or discharging mechanism, when that loading or discharging mechanism is not charged or drawn.”)

(d)(4)(i) With the exception of firearms, the Superintendent may issue a permit to carry or possess a weapon, trap or net within the Park in order to provide access to otherwise inaccessible lands or waters contiguous to the Park, when other means of access are impractical or impossible.

(e) The viewing of wildlife or areas frequented by wildlife using a hand-held light, vehicle headlight or any other type of mounted light within the park is prohibited.

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2.10 Camping and Food Storage

(a) All overnight use within the boundaries of Arches National Park requires either a campground site permit or a backcountry use permit.

Devils Garden Campground (including the group site) is the only designated campground. Camping in the backcountry is subject to terms established by a backcountry permit.

(b)(9) Conditions:

Devils Garden Campground:

  • General provisions: No person or their equipment shall occupy the campground for more than seven (7) nights (consecutive or non-consecutive) in any thirty (30) day period or a total of fourteen (14) nights per year.
  • Camping fees are to be paid within 30 minutes of occupying a campsite.
  • Sites for which required fees are not paid and/or the registration receipt is not displayed in the campsite receipt box will be considered unoccupied and available for use by other campers.
  • Sites may not be left unattended for more than 24 hours. All motor vehicles (includes all wheeled vehicles, R.V.'s, camp trailers etc.) must be parked within the striped lines at each campsite and on the paved/graveled area of the campsite. Parked vehicles must not extend into the roadway.
  • Occupancy of the Devils Garden Developed Campground is limited to ten (10) persons per campsite for the individual campsites (Children under the age of six years excluded).
  • The 51 individual campsites may be reserved through a national reservation service for nights from March 1 to October 31 inclusive. Any unreserved sites will be available on a first-come, first-served basis each day.
  • Sites may not be held for late arriving parties or individuals.
  • It is prohibited for visitors to go through the campground requesting campers to allow them to share any campsite.
  • Check-out time for campsites at Devils Garden Campground is 10 am.
  • The use of generators in Devils Garden Campground is restricted to the following hours: between 8 am and 10 am, and between 4 pm and 8 pm.
  • Quiet hours must be adhered to between 8 pm and 8 am. Quiet hours require that no unreasonable noise be created or sustained.
  • Entry and occupancy of developed campgrounds is limited to registered campers and vehicles only between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m.

Devils Garden Campground Group Campsite:

  • Two group campsites are available by reservation only for a minimum of eleven (11) persons. The Juniper Basin Site will accommodate a maximum of fifty-five (55) persons and ten (10) vehicles. The Canyon Wren Site will accommodate a maximum of thirty-five (35) persons and ten (10) vehicles.
  • Camping in group sites is limited to walk-in (tent) camping only. Camping in motorhomes or other similar recreational vehicles is not allowed in the group campsites. (Exceptions can be made at the discretion of NPS staff in order to accommodate the needs of handicapped persons.)
  • Group Campsites may not be reserved more than two times per year by the same user group. For the purposes of this section, a user group is defined as a "department" as found in colleges and universities.

Backcountry Areas

  • A backcountry permit is required for all overnight stays in the park's backcountry.
  • Backcountry permits must be obtained from the Arches National Park Visitor Center.
  • Backcountry permits will not be issued within one hour prior to sunset for the current date.
  • The backcountry permit must be in the camper's possession while in the backcountry and must be presented to any authorized NPS personnel upon request.
  • Persons are limited to seven (7) consecutive nights per backcountry zone. Total trip duration can be extended by moving to a different zone.
  • Groups camping in the park's backcountry are limited to a maximum of ten (10) persons per group and ten (10) head of riding and pack animals per group. Groups must locate camps at least one (1) mile apart.
  • The following backcountry area is closed to camping year-round:
    • Salt Valley, up to 5,040 foot contour on the east and west sides including entire valley floor. (See Appendix D)
  • Backcountry campsites must be at least one (1) mile from any designated road and one-half (1/2) mile from any designated trail. Campsites must be out of sight of roads, trails and any arches named on the USGS topographical maps. (Note: The entire Klondike Bluffs section lies within 1 mile of roads and is closed year-round.) See map (Appendix D).
  • Campsites must be located three-hundred (300) feet from water sources and recognizable archeological sites. Three-hundred (300) feet is recommended from flowing water and one-hundred (100) feet is required, except for the Colorado River Corridor (see (b) (3) below).
  • Horse and stock campsites and tethering must be a minimum of three-hundred (300) feet from any non-flowing water source.
  • Ground fires are prohibited; stoves should be used for cooking.
  • Human waste must be buried four to six inches deep in mineral soil and at least 100 feet from any water source. Toilet paper and feminine hygiene products must be carried out.
  • For all camping with stock, see in addition Section 2.16 Horses and Pack Animals.

(b)(3) Camping within 100 feet of a flowing stream, river or body of water is permitted in the Colorado River corridor only.

(d) In the Devils Garden campground, garbage must be disposed of in designated receptacles and may not be left in bags or other soft containers. Food must be stored in vehicles or hardened containers with securing mechanisms in place except when being prepared or consumed

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2.11 Picnicking

Picnicking shall be allowed in all areas except:

  • Within the Devils Garden Campground as posted.
  • When the activity would interfere with normal agency functions or visitor use activities already in progress

Garbage must be disposed of in designated receptacles and may not be left in bags or other soft containers. Food must be stored in vehicles or hardened containers (with securing mechanisms in place) except when being prepared or consumed.

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2.13 Fires

(a)(1) On-the-ground wood or charcoal fires are prohibited park-wide, except that fires may be kindled in fire pits provided within the Devils Garden campground and the designated picnic areas at Devils Garden and Balanced Rock. Open fires may be lit in portable fire pans designed to contain all fire ash and residue along the Colorado River corridor. All ashes from the river corridor are to be removed from the park.

The use of the fire pit at the Devils Garden Amphitheater is restricted to NPS personnel only. Any other use of this fire pit must be approved in advance by the superintendent.

The use of portable stoves, including charcoal burners, is permitted in the picnic areas and campground.

Fires may not be kindled in backcountry areas; only portable, self-contained stoves are allowed.

The collection of firewood and tinder (including dead-fall) from the park is prohibited, except that the collection of driftwood from within 100 feet of banks of the Colorado River is pennitted along the river corridor.

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2.14 Sanitation and Refuse

(b) In non-developed areas more than a quarter of a mile from restroom facilities, human body waste must be buried four (4) to six (6) inches deep in the soil in an area not frequented by the public, not visible from trails, campsites, developed areas, and at least 100 feet from any water source. The burning of toilet paper is prohibited. Toilet paper and feminine hygiene products must be carried out.

Burial of human waste along the Colorado River corridor is prohibited. Solid human waste must be containerized and carried out of the park by all boaters camping along the river corridor.

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2.15 Pets

(a)(1) Dogs (except certified service animals), cats, and other pets, are prohibited on any park land or trail (including buildings) except in those locations identified below:

  • FRONTCOUNTRY - All park roads open for public vehicular use, parking areas, established picnic areas, and the Devils Garden Campground.

(a)(3) Leaving a pet unattended and tied to an object is prohibited except in the following circumstances:

  • Pets may be left unattended by vehicle owners under the following conditions:
    1. Pets must be secured in a location where they will not interfere with wildlife or with normal travel by other visitors.
    2. Pets which bark excessively or exhibit aggressive behavior may not be left unattended.
    3. Pets may not be left unattended if temperature or conditions could endanger the pet's health.
    4. No pet may be left unattended overnight.
    5. Pets must be secured in a manner which will avoid resource damages (e.g. No nails or anchors in trees, avoid cryptobiotic soils, etc.)

(a)(5) Pet excrement must be immediately collected by the pet handler and disposed of in the nearest trash receptacle or toilet facility.

(e) Pets kept by residents of the park will be maintained consistent with the provisions of this section and in accordance with provisions established in the Superintendent's Directive. This directive is hereby adopted and made a part of these rules.

  • Pets are prohibited on commercial tours.

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2.16 Horses and Pack Animals

Animals designated as pack animals shall be limited to the following:

  • Horses
  • Burros
  • Mules

(b) IN ROADLESS AREAS:
The use of saddle and pack animals in road-less areas is prohibited except as follows:

  • Salt Wash upstream from the Delicate Arch road, Courthouse Wash and Seven Mile Canyon
  • All travel in road-less areas is confined to the wash bottoms. Leaving wash bottoms to avoid quicksand when it is present is an exception to this regulation.

ON ROADS:
The use of saddle and pack animals on park roads is prohibited except as follows:

  • Use is permitted on all designated four-wheel roads within the park, which include: The Willow Springs road, the "Four-wheel-drive road" (From Salt Valley to Willow Flats including the Tower Arch loop road) and the Cache Valley road.
  • Use is permitted on the following non-paved roads: Salt Valley road from the Main park road to the park's west boundary, and the Klondike Bluffs road.

(g) The following conditions are established for use of horses or pack animals:

  • Horse and pack stock users are required to obtain a backcountry permit at the Arches Visitor Center for overnight trips.
  • The limit for stock groups for any individual camping site is one night.
  • Maximum group size for overnight and day trips is ten (10) people and ten (10) pack animals.
  • Campsites must be one (1) mile from and out of sight of roads and frontcountry facilities, and one-half (½) mile from any designated trail.
  • Campsites must be three-hundred (300) feet from any recognizable archaeological sites.
  • Campsites and tethering must be a minimum of three-hundred (300) feet from any non-flowing water source. The same distance is recommended from continuously flowing water, but one-hundred (100) feet is the required distance from flowing water.
  • Where possible, horses will be watered downstream from the source. Manure must be removed immediately if dropped in or near any spring or non-flowing water source. If not dropped in these areas, manure will be scattered and covered with mineral soil. Soil containing plants matter or cryptobiotic crust will not be used to cover manure.
  • Pack and stock animals may not be left unattended. They must be staked away from water sources (at least 300 feet) and away from vegetation where possible, and may not be unstaked and hobbled. Animals must be picketed in locations which least damage the vegetation. Animals may not be directly tied to trees and other vegetation EXCEPT tamarisk (salt cedar). Animals may be tied directly to this exotic species.
  • Grazing, or loose herding of pack and saddle stock is not allowed in the park; grazing of park vegetation is not permitted. All pack and saddle animals must be fed certified week-free pellets or forage – hay, straw, and mulch - for 48 hours in advance of a trip. Proof of certification tags required. Forage may not be taken beyond trailheads. Use only pelletized fee, hay cubes, and grain products in the backcountry. Feed may not be left on the ground; a feedbag, tarp, or similar must be used. All unused food will be packed out.
  • All parties are required to scatter manure upon vacating a campsite. Animals that remain "camped" in an area longer than twelve (12) hours should be rotated to a new picket site and any manure at the old site scattered no less than one-hundred (100) feet from any campsite or water source.
  • At trailheads and other loading areas, any manure spilled from the trailering unit, fresh excrement, or feed MUST be picked up prior to departing.
  • Pack and saddle stock may not be ridden or kept overnight in any established roadside campground.
  • Any commercially guided horse or pack stock trip must be provided by an outfitter authorized to operate under the commercial use procedures within Arches National Park.

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2.21 Smoking

(a) Smoking and vaping is prohibited in all public use and administrative buildings and facilities, and in all government-owned or leased vehicles.

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2.22 Property

(a)(2) Park visitors may leave their vehicles unattended in excess of 24 hours for the period of time specified on their backcountry camping permit.

Traditional geocaches are prohibited. Geocaching is defined as the placement of a cache within the park boundaries and distributing the coordinates, or other clues to the coordinates, for the purpose of locating the cache at a later date.

Virtual caches or waymarks are permitted in areas open to the public.

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2.35 Alcoholic Beverages and Controlled Substances

(a)(3)(i) All public use buildings of the park are closed to the consumption of alcoholic beverages except during officially sanctioned activities when the building is closed to the general public.

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2.51 Public assemblies, meetings

Public assemblies, meetings, gatherings, demonstrations, parades and other public expressions of views:

Note: Gathering for the purpose of expressing views and making statements such as is protected under the First Amendment does not require a permit as long as the activity takes place in one of the designated "First Amendment" areas indicated in this document and the involved group is less than 25 people. Groups larger than 25 people need a special use permit. Printed matter, used as part of a "First Amendment" activity may be allowed in the "First Amendment" area (see Appendix C) without a permit for groups less than 25 people.

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2.52 Sale or distribution of printed matter

Printed matter is limited to message-bearing textual printed material such as books, pamphlets, magazines, and leaflets, provided that it is not solely commercial advertising.

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2.62 Memorialization

All undeveloped areas are open to the scattering of human ashes from cremation, pursuant to conditions of a special use permit issued by the Superintendent, with the exception of archeological sites and standing pools of water.

Human ashes may not be scattered in any standing pools of water, potholes, or side streams and creeks.

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4.21 Speed Limits

(b) The speed limit on backcountry roads within the park is 15 miles per hour unless otherwise posted.

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4.30 Bicycles

(c) The use of bicycles is permitted on all public roadways within the park. The possession of a bicycle off a public roadway is prohibited.

(d)(3) Bicycles are prohibited from operating abreast of another bicycle on all roadways within the park.

(a)(1)(vii) Any use of an electric (‘e-bike’) or gas/alternative-fuel powered bicycle that provides an assist to the operator is prohibited.

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Appendix A: Fiery Furnace

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Appendix B: Fiery Furnace

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Appendix C: First Amendment Areas

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Appendix D: Backcountry Use Areas

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Appendix E: Area Closures for Wildlife Protection

3/23/2015 -Prepared by Mark Miller, Chief of Resources Science and Stewardship

Closures remain in effect through the end of the termination date specified below, or until National Park Service surveys determine the associated habitats to be unoccupied by nesting raptors and/or lambing bighorn sheep. Read more about rock climbing.

Area Route Name(s) Closure Dates Justification
Start End
Arches entrance The Pickle Apr 1 Aug 31 Within bighorn sheep lambing habitat
Arches switchbacks The Three Penguins
(closure applies to all routes)
Mar 1 Aug 15 Close proximity to red-tailed hawk nest
Devils Garden, Devil Dog Spire Industrial Disease Dec 1 Sep 30 Close proximity to great-horned owl nest
Garden of Eden,
Ham Rock
Harkonnen Castle (Dune)
(closure applies to entire Ham Rock feature)
Mar 15 Aug 15 Close proximity to red-tailed hawk nest
Highway 191 Canyonlands by Night
El Secondo
The Coup
Mar 1 Aug 31 Within peregrine falcon nesting territory and bighorn sheep lambing habitat
Highway 191,
Crohn's Wall
Left Route
Crohn's Odyssey
Project One
Project Two
Mar 1 Aug 31 Within peregrine falcon nesting territory
Klondike Bluffs Klondike Bluffs Crack Mar 1 Aug 31 Close proximity to peregrine falcon nest
Klondike Bluffs,
The Bouquet
Route One
Route Two
Mar 1 Aug 31 Close proximity to peregrine falcon and golden eagle nests
Klondike Bluffs, Marching Men Cuddle Bunny Tower
False Start
North Marcher
Sand Hearse
Unknown Marching Men
Mar 1 Aug 31 Close proximity to peregrine falcon nest
Highway 128,
Goose Island
Fun Ramp
The Hyena
Trail of the Navajo
Mar 1 Aug 31 Within peregrine falcon nesting territory and bighorn sheep lambing habitat
Highway 128,
Milano Tower
Pop Tarts Mar 1 Aug 31 Within peregrine falcon nesting territory and bighorn sheep lambing habitat
Highway 128 Escape Route Mar 1 Aug 31 Within peregrine falcon nesting territory and bighorn sheep lambing habitat
Windows, Tonka Tower Tonka Tower
(closure applies to entire Tonka Tower feature and the feature to the north of Tonka Tower)
Mar 15 Aug 15 Close proximity to red-tailed hawk nest

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