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National Park Service Hosting Public Meeting on Traffic at Arches National Park

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Date: October 1, 2019
Contact: Vanessa Lacayo, 303-969-2062

MOAB, UT—Join the National Park Service (NPS) on October 15 to learn about efforts to address traffic congestion and improve the visitor experience at Arches National Park. At this meeting, park staff will discuss plans to further study visitor experience, transportation alternatives and traffic patterns.

The meeting will take place:

  • Location: Grand Center, 182 N. 500 West, Moab, UT 84532
  • Time: 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. (overview presentation at 5:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.)
  • Date: Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Visitation to Arches National Park increased by over 90 percent in the last 11 years. As a result, visitors face long wait times at the park’s entrance and parking lots. In 2015, the NPS began a planning process to manage traffic congestion. This effort, the Traffic Congestion Management Plan Environmental Assessment, outlined options which included a reservation system for entry to the park. Based on comments from the public, the NPS canceled this environmental assessment so that the park can continue gathering information on its traffic-management options.

“Waiting hours in line to enter the park or looking for parking are not the memories we want people to take away from their visit to Arches,” said Arches National Park Superintendent Kate Cannon. “We want to improve access to the park, maintain a world-class visitor experience, promote safety, and protect resources. We look forward to working with the public and local leaders as we move to our next steps.”

This event is open to the public. For further information on Arches National Park, please visit or contact the park’s visitor information office at (435) 719-2299.

Last updated: October 1, 2019

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