Laws & Policies

Basic Regulations
All Arches visitors should know these simple ways their actions can help preserve the park.

Superintendent's Compendium [719k PDF file]
The purpose of the compendium is to provide the public and park employees with a document that lists the special designations, closures, permit requirements, public use limits, and other restrictions made at the superintendent's discretion. The compendium is updated annually and augments what is contained in the Code of Federal Regulations and other applicable federal statutes and regulations.

Off-highway Vehicle (OHV) / All-terrain Vehicle (ATV) Determination [127k PDF file]
Superintendent's determination prohibiting OHV/ATV use in Southeast Utah Group parks

Four-Wheel-Drive Requirement Determination [90.7k PDF file]
Superintendent's determination requiring 4WD vehicles for designated roads in Arches

Activities on Arches Determination [1.48MB PDF file]
Superintendent's determination prohibiting walking, climbing, rappelling, or scrambling on arches in Arches and Canyonlands

Unmanned Aircraft Systems Determination [923k PDF file]
Superintendent's determination prohibiting unmanned aircraft in Southeast Utah Group parks.


As of February 22, 2010, a new federal law allows people who can legally possess firearms under applicable federal, state, and local laws, to legally possess firearms in this park.

It is the responsibility of visitors to understand and comply with all applicable state, local, and federal firearms laws before entering this park. As a starting point, visitors can review the weapons code for Utah.

Federal law also prohibits firearms in certain facilities in this park; those places are marked with signs at all public entrances.

Superintendent's Directives

F-2: Fee collection procedures
09/15/1998 [51k PDF file]

H-1: Cultural resources site disclosure policy

H-2: Collecting park resources
02/15/2011 [936k PDF file]

N-1: Horse and pack animal policy
03/20/1995 [13k PDF file]

N-2: Off-highway motor vehicle regulations for backcountry use
02/03/2006 [19k PDF file]

N-4: Administrative access and fee waivers for researchers
09/19/1995 [12k PDF file]

W-2: Segway guidance
09/14/2007 [27k PDF file]

Last updated: April 19, 2017

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