Busy Weekends

a line of traffic at the park entrance gate
Traffic at the entrance gate can back up during the busy Memorial Day weekend. Waits of one hour are possible.

NPS/Andrew Kuhn


These are the major holidays and weekends when Arches National Park is extremely busy:

  • The weeks surrounding Easter (dates vary, in 2018: March 25-April 7)
  • Memorial Day (last Monday in May)
  • Labor Day (first Monday in September)
  • Utah Education Association break (dates vary, in 2018: October 18-19)

We expect extreme traffic and crowding in the park and in Moab.

We recommend that you avoid entering the park between 9 am and noon. Wait times to enter the park may exceed one hour. Plan to enter the park later in the afternoon or evening.


Entering the Park

Due to extreme traffic during these busy weekends, you may experience a different traffic pattern on US 191 at the park entrance. Follow signs to Arches National Park.

  • There may be no left turn lane into the park for southbound traffic on US 191. Southbound travelers should pass the Arches entrance and follow signs to a safe turn-around location.
  • If the park reaches overcapacity, we may restrict access and not let in new cars until there is room.
  • If the entrance road is backed up to US 191, you may not stop on the highway to wait: it is against the law. (Utah Code 41-6a-1401) Come back at a later time.
  • If you are park pass holder, please have your pass and ID ready. You can pay for your pass in advance on pay.gov.
  • There is no drinking water and no toilets along the entrance road. Bring water and use the restroom before leaving town.

Inside the Park

  • Expect heavy traffic, crowded trails, and limited parking.
  • Only park legally so you don't damage plants or soils.
  • Rangers may be working in crowded parking lots. Please follow their instructions.

Stay Informed

Last updated: September 11, 2018

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Mailing Address:

PO Box 907
Moab, UT 84532


(435) 719-2299

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