Alerts & Conditions



Latest COVID-19 Update

Grand County, which includes Arches National Park, is currently in Low community level transmission. Therefore, wearing a mask in federal buildings at Arches National Park is optional.

In areas the CDC identifies as high COVID-19 community transmission level, masks are required for everyone in all NPS buildings, regardless of vaccination status.

  • Cloth masks are no longer allowed as an option when individuals are required to wear masks inside federal facilities.

In most low and medium COVID-19 community level areas, masks are optional, but visitors should follow signs and instructions from park staff and volunteers. Visitors and employees are always welcome to wear a mask if it makes them more comfortable.

Mask requirements vary by park based on CDC's COVID-19 Community Level tool. Additional details are available at

Facilities Status Update

Currently, the following facilities are open for public access:

  • All Arches' roads, trails, and restrooms,
  • Staff and exhibits at Arches Visitor Center to help people learn about the park,
  • The park theater and movie,
  • Arches bookstore offering high quality, educational items for sale, and
  • Commercial services previously permitted.
  • You can reserve campsites for nights at Devils Garden Campground between March 1 and October 31 on
  • You can reserve Fiery Furnace self-guided exploration permits and ranger-led programs on or by calling 1-877-444-6777.

Recreate Responsibly

When recreating, park visitors should 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.

  • Keep your distance.
    Give others plenty of room whether you are on a trail or in a parking lot.
  • Keep it with you.
    If you brought it, take it with you. Trash pickup and restroom facilities are limited in many park areas. Follow Leave No Trace principles.
  • Know your limits.
    Arches National Park has a busy search and rescue operation. Many of these incidents could be avoided with visitors planning and making responsible decisions. Heat-related injuries can kill. It is critical to make wise choices to keep our national park rangers and first responders out of harm’s way.

Learn more about safety at Arches National Park.

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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.

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Between March and October, wait times at the park entrance may exceed 30-45 minutes. 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

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NPS/Neal Herbert


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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Construction Projects

There are no major construction projects planned at this time.

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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: July 24, 2023

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Moab, UT 84532


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