Alerts & Conditions

 

Phased Increase in Recreational Access

The National Park Service (NPS) is working servicewide with federal, state, and local public health authorities to closely monitor the COVID-19 pandemic and using a phased approach to increase access on a park-by-park basis.

 
 

Currently, the following facilities are open for public access:

  • All Arches' roads, trails, and restrooms,
  • Devils Garden Campground,
  • Staff at Arches Visitor Center assisting visitors on the front patio,
  • Arches' park store operated by Canyonlands Natural History Association, and
  • Commercial services previously permitted.

The Fiery Furnace remains closed until further notice (no ranger-led hikes nor permits available). Visitors with Fiery Furnace tour reservations impacted by this closure may cancel or reschedule online at www.Recreation.gov, or by calling (877) 444-6777.

Museum exhibits and the park film theater at Arches Visitor Center also remain closed.

While the areas listed above are accessible for visitors to enjoy, a return to full operations will continue to be phased, and services may be limited. When recreating, please follow local area health orders, practice Leave No Trace principles, and avoid crowding and high-risk outdoor activities.

The CDC has offered guidance to help people recreating in parks and open spaces prevent the spread of infectious diseases. We 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.

Follow this web page for the latest public health updates from the National Park Service: https://www.nps.gov/aboutus/news/public-health-update.htm

 

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The Arches Visitor Center

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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.

 
A road sign reading "Slow Congested Area" with parked cars.

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Traffic

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

 
trees with yellow leaves in front of stone monoliths

NPS/Neal Herbert

Weather

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.

Get a weather forecast and see monthly average temperatures.

 
The Devils Garden Campground with the La Sal Mountains in the background

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Campground

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.

Read more about camping at Arches National Park.

 
A ranger leading a hike in the Fiery Furnace.

NPS/Andrew Kuhn

Ranger Programs

National park rangers offer various programs spring through fall. Check at Arches Visitor Center for a schedule. You can also check the calendar for special events and activities.

 
vehicles driving on a curving road.

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Road Conditions

The main park road is open. Backcountry roads may be impassable following summer storms. Read more about auto touring.

 
construction workers with a backhoe

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Construction Projects

There are no major construction projects planned at this time.

 
The Arches Visitor Guide

Park News

Looking for more information about what is happening at Arches? Check out our latest News Releases or read the Park Newspaper. Or connect with us through social media. We're on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, and Flickr.

Last updated: September 12, 2020

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Mailing Address:

PO Box 907
Moab, UT 84532

Phone:

(435) 719-2299

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