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

 

There are three major holidays and weekends when Arches National Park is extremely busy:

  • Memorial Day weekend (the last weekend in May): the busiest weekend of the year.
  • Labor Day weekend (the first weekend in September)
  • Utah Education Association break (October 20-23, 2016): dates vary.

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

  • Easter week (late March - April, dates vary) is another very busy week in the Moab area.

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.

 

Construction Delays

Major road construction may significantly impact your visit. Expect driving delays and road, trail, and area closures. Trails including Devils Garden, Fiery Furnace, and The Windows could close for up to four weeks for each area. Devils Garden Campground is closed through November 30, 2017. During most weeks, the park road will be closed from 7 pm to 7 am Sunday night through Thursday night, but there will not be nightly road closures during holiday weekends.

There will be no nightly closures on these holidays and weekends:

  • Memorial Day weekend: Open 7 am Friday, May 26 through 7 pm Tuesday, May 30.
  • Independence Day: Open 7 am Monday, July 3 through 7 pm Wednesday, July 5.
  • Pioneer Day weekend: Open 7 am Friday, July 21 through 7 pm Tuesday, July 25.
  • Labor Day weekend: Open 7 am Friday, September 1 through 7 pm Tuesday, September 5.
  • Utah Education Association (UEA) weekend: 7 am Wednesday, October 18 through 7 pm Sunday, October 22.
 

Entering the Park

Due to extreme traffic during these 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.

Inside the Park

  • Expect heavy traffic, crowded trails, and limited parking.
  • Only park legally so you don't damage plants or soils.

Stay Informed

Last updated: May 1, 2017

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

PO Box 907
Moab, UT 84532

Phone:

(435) 719-2299

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