Arches National Park Timed Entry Pilot

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Visiting Arches? From April 1 to October 31, visitors are required to have a timed entry ticket to enter the park. In this video, Rangers help you plan your next trip and outline what you’ll need to enter the park.

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What You Need

From April 1 through October 31, 2024, visitors entering the park in a vehicle will need two things:

  1. Timed Entry Ticket

  2. Park Entrance Fee OR valid Park Pass (includes Annual, Senior, Access, Military, 4th Grade, or Volunteer passes). See all qualifying Entrance Fees and Passes.

Ticketed entry will run from 7 am to 4 pm daily. Those without a ticket may enter the park before 7 am or after 4 pm. The park is open 24/7.

Already Booked an Activity?

Timed entry tickets will not be required for those with camping, backcountry, Fiery Furnace, or special use permits; nor those with concessions contracts, commercial use authorizations, or academic fee waivers.

Got more questions?

Read through the Timed Entry FAQs page for answers.


You Shared, We Listened

Visitation to Arches National Park grew nearly 36 percent in the past decade, nearing 2 million people annually. This increase was concentrated during certain hours, causing congestion at key park destinations, reduced visitor enjoyment, and increased resource damage. During times of peak congestion prior to implementing the vehicle reservation pilots, the park had to temporarily close its gates until crowding lessened, resulting in many visitors being unable to enter the park at their preferred time or at all.

The vehicle reservation pilots in 2022 and 2023 were successful in reducing congestion, improving visitor experiences, providing reliable access, and distributing visitation throughout the day (Learn more about the 2022 findings here). Visitors arriving with the appropriate vehicle reservation and park pass were guaranteed entry to the park during the pilots.

The park is currently accepting public feedback about past visitor experiences under the 2022 and 2023 pilot programs and long-term strategies for visitor access. More details are available on the project website and comments can be submitted through December 1, 2023. Input received from this process will be used to inform strategies for the future.

Ready to Make a Timed Entry Reservation?

Explore the following links to make your reservation, purchase passes, and learn more about the timed entry system.

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Make Your Reservation

Information about when and how to make your reservation on

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Purchase Your Park Pass or Entrance Fee

Find a full list of qualifying passes and entrance fees here.

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Learn More About the Pilot

Frequently asked questions and background information about the pilot.

Last updated: February 7, 2024

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