Arches and Canyonlands National Parks’ Entrance, Campground, and Fiery Furnace Fee Increases Begin October 1

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Date: August 14, 2015
Contact: Kate Cannon, 435-719-2100

Entrance, campground, and Fiery Furnace fees at Arches and Canyonlands national parks will increase on October 1, 2015, in order to fund important maintenance and improvement projects within the parks.

"These fee increases will allow us to continue protecting, preserving, and sharing Arches and Canyonlands national parks with current and future visitors," said Superintendent Kate Cannon. "After careful consideration of the impacts of a fee increase on visitors and the community, we have concluded that this is the right thing to do in order to improve park facilities and important visitor services."  

Current and New Entrance Fee Rates

Type of Entrance Fee Current Fee  New Fee 
Private Vehicle $10/vehicle  $25/vehicle 
(including entry by foot or bicycle)
$5/person  $10/person 
Motorcycle  $5/person  $15/motorcycle 
SEUG Annual Pass  $25  $50 

To encourage visitors to enter the park during less crowded times, Arches National Park will periodically offer reduced entrance fees for private vehicles during off-peak hours. Advance notice of off-peak rates will be posted on the Arches website and at the Moab Information Center. When offered, off-peak rates will be as follows: 

Type of Entrance Fee 
(Arches Only)
Current Fee  New Fee  Reduced (Off-peak) Fee 
Private Vehicle  $10/vehicle  $25/vehicle  $10/vehicle 
Motorcycle $5/person  $15/motorcycle  $10/motorcycle 

Current and New Nightly Campground Fee Rates

Campground Current Nightly Fee  New Nightly Fee 
Devils Garden (Arches) - Standard $20  $25 
Juniper (Arches) - Group $3/person  11-22 campers = $100
23-33 campers = $150
34-44 campers = $200
45-55 campers = $250 
Canyon Wren (Arches) - Group $3/person  11-16 campers = $75
17-22 campers = $100
23-28 campers = $125
29-35 campers = $160 
Willow Flat (Canyonlands) - Standard
Island in the Sky district
$10  $15 
Squaw Flat (Canyonlands) - Standard
Needles district
$15 $20
Squaw Flat (Canyonlands) - Group
Needles district
+$30 reservation fee
11-20 campers = $90
21-30 campers = $135
31-40 campers = $180
41-50 campers = $225 
Wooden Shoe (Canyonlands) - Group
Needles district
+$30 reservation fee
11-15 campers = $70
16-20 campers = $90
21-25 campers = $115 
Split Top (Canyonlands) - Group
Needles district
+$30 reservation fee
11-15 campers = $70 

Current and New Fiery Furnace Fee Rates

Type of Fiery Furnace Fee Current Fee  New Fee 
Ranger-led Tour $10/adult 
Private Permit $4/adult 
$10/annual permit 
$15/annual permit 

Natural Bridges National Monument completed a similar fee increase proposal process and will implement its fee increases on October 1, 2015 as well. 

Type of Entrance Fee (Natural Bridges) Current Fee  New Fee 
Private Vehicle $6 $10
(including entry by foot or bicycle)
$3 $5 
Motorcycle $3/person  $5/motorcycle

The camping fee at Natural Bridges will remain $10 per night.

Entrance fees at Hovenweep National Monument were eliminated, and the camping fee remains $10 per night as well.

A wide variety of projects funded by fee revenues have improved the parks and visitor experiences over the years including upgrade of vault toilets, expansion of parking areas, and improvement of backcountry campsites. Examples of how additional revenue from these fee increases will be used include creation of picnic facilities, rehabilitation of hiking trails, and repair of road shoulders.

In the fall of 2014, the National Park Service conducted a nationwide review of entrance fees. To solicit public input, Arches and Canyonlands national parks launched a civic engagement campaign in January 2015. The public involvement process included social media posts, a news release, local press interviews, and a public open house held in Moab on January 29, 2015.

During the public comment period the park received more than 200 formal comments regarding the proposed fee increases.While the majority of comments supported the increases, others felt a lower fee for motorcycles was warranted. In response, the fee proposal was modified to lower the motorcycle fee from $20 to $15. 

Last updated: July 12, 2019

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