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Contact: John Lewis, 435-719-2150
Daytime road construction work in Arches National Park will begin Monday, October 30. Nighttime work and the 7:00 p.m. road closure Sunday through Thursday nights will continue until approximately 7:00 a.m. on Monday, November 13.
After November 13, construction crews plan to work only during the day.
Once daytime work begins on October 30, visitors should expect significantly more delays than have been required during the project to date. However, delays are limited to no more than 30 minutes per lane closure.
Park Avenue and Courthouse Towers are currently closed to all access and use for visitor and worker safety. These areas are scheduled to reopen at 7:00 a.m. Friday, October 20.
Nighttime work continues with as many as 10 to 12 asphalt haul trucks per hour traveling through Moab into the park and then returning to the asphalt plant south of town between 7:00 p.m. and 7:00 a.m. Sunday through Thursday nights. Once crews begin daytime work on October 30, this night time work truck traffic will decrease significantly.
If weather remains favorable, the 3R project is on track to be completed by the end of November or early December. Devils Garden Campground is closed and will reopen when the road construction project is complete.
While the nighttime closure of the park remains in effect, visitors must arrive at the park before 6:30 p.m. Visitors arriving after 6:30 p.m. on those days will not be able to travel past the visitor center.
All vehicles must be out of the park no later than 7:00 p.m. Sunday through Thursday nights.
The park reopens at 7:00 a.m. Monday through Friday, and is open weekends from 7:00 a.m. Friday until 7:00 p.m. Sunday.
Given the many variables that can affect road projects of this type and scope, these area opening and closing dates are subject to change.
The park’s visitor center hours currently are 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Road work is resurfacing, restoring, and rehabilitating approximately 23 miles of roads and pullouts in Arches National Park along the entrance road (from US Highway 191 to the visitor center), main park road, the campground road, and other spur roads and loops. Road work is scheduled to last through November.
While construction crews will make every effort to minimize disruption to visitor daytime travel and activities during this project, visitors should expect frequent delays and closures.
The park will post road construction updates on its official website at as they become available. However, construction work schedules are subject to change.
Visitors to the Moab area can find a wide variety of spectacular scenery and hikes in other public lands around the region. Information about these other travel and hiking options can be found on the Moab Travel Council’s website: http://www.discovermoab.com.
General information about Arches National Park can be found at www.nps.gov/arch or by calling 435-719-2299. Information about the other three national parks of the Southeast Utah Group may be obtained from each of their websites at: