Latest COVID-19 Update
To protect the health of those who live, work, and visit national parks and National Park Service (NPS) facilities, and in support of President Biden’s Executive Order on Protecting the Federal Workforce and Requiring Mask-Wearing the NPS has implemented a mask requirement for employees, visitors, partners and contractors.
Facilities Status Update
Currently, the following facilities are open for public access:
The Fiery Furnace is currently open to self-guided exploration permits only. Self-Guided Fiery Furnace Exploration permits are available for reservation on www.Recreation.gov or by calling 1-877-444-6777. Ranger-led hikes in the Fiery Furnace may resume later this summer.
Museum exhibits and the park film theater at Arches Visitor Center also remain closed.
Devils Garden Campground is open. Water is available at Arches Visitor Center and at Devils Garden Campground.
When recreating, park visitors should follow the National Park Service mask mandate, maintain social distance, and avoid high-risk outdoor activities. Please do not visit if you are sick or were recently exposed to COVID-19. Park staff will continue to monitor all park functions to ensure that visitors adhere to CDC guidance for mitigating risks associated with the transmission of COVID-19 and take any additional steps necessary to protect public health.
Arches National Park is Open
Arches National Park is generally open 24 hours a day, year-round. On very busy days, when parking lots fill to capacity we temporarily delay additional park entries. Visitors who encounter a closed gate may try back in a few hours or consider visiting other nearby destinations.
Between March and October, wait times at the park entrance may exceed 30 minutes, especially between 9 am and 2 pm. Parking lots at popular trailheads may be full for much of the day. How can I avoid the traffic?
For more information on traffic conditions in the area around Moab and Arches National Park, visit the Utah Department of Transportation Traffic Site
Spring and fall bring pleasant weather. These are the busiest seasons in the park thanks to the mild conditions. Summers can be hot with daytime temperatures over 100 degrees. Winters can be cold, with occasional snowy or icy conditions.
You can make reservations for campsites March through October. The campground is usually full each night during the summer. If you don't have a reservation when you arrive in Moab, you will need to camp outside the park. In winter, sites are first-come, first-served.
The main park road is open. Backcountry roads may be impassable following summer storms. Read more about auto touring.
There are no major construction projects planned at this time.
Last updated: May 15, 2021