Last updated: November 9, 2023
What You Need
From April 1 through October 31, 2024, visitors entering the park in a vehicle will need two things:
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.
When can I reserve my Timed Entry Ticket?
The park will release tickets first-come, first-served on Recreation.gov three (3) months in advance in monthly blocks according to the following schedule:
- January 2 at 8 am MST: April reservations (April 1–30)
- February 1 at 8 am MST: May reservations (May 1–31)
- March 1 at 8 am MST: June reservations (June 1–30)
- April 1 at 8 am MDT: July reservations (July 1–30)
- May 1 at 8 am MDT: August reservations (August 1–31)
- June 1 at 8 am MDT: September reservations (September 1–30)
- July 1 at 8 am MDT: October reservations (October 1–31)
A limited number of tickets will be available one day prior to entry at 7 pm MDT through Recreation.gov. These are expected to sell out quickly and we encourage visitors to plan ahead. Tickets will be required from 7 am to 4 pm daily April 1 through October 31, 2024.
Timed entry tickets are required in addition to your park pass OR entrance fee. You may enter the park before 7 am or after 4 pm without a timed entry ticket.
How do I reserve my Timed Entry Ticket?
- using the Recreation.gov mobile app (iOS/Android)
- calling the Reservation Line: 877-444-6777
- Reservation International Line: 606-515-6777
- Reservation Line (TDD): 877-833-6777
Reservations will not be available at park entrance stations or park offices.
Timed entry tickets are free but require a non-refundable $2 reservation processing fee.
When using Recreation.gov, search for “Arches National Park Timed Entry Ticket,” select the day you plan to visit the park, add it to your cart, and complete payment. After payment, you will receive an email confirmation with an attached timed entry ticket.
Print, download, or screenshot your ticket.
Your timed entry ticket will be required for entry.
Timed entry tickets are non-transferable. Resale or auction of reservations is prohibited.
Visit the article on the Recreation.gov Help Center for detailed information on reserving a timed entry ticket.
What are the Qualifying Entrance Fees and Passes?
Timed entry tickets are required in addition to the park entrance fee from April 1 through October 31. You do not need to pay the entrance fee if you have a park pass.
Arches National Park Entrance Fees
Private Vehicle Fee - $30.00
Admits one private, non-commercial vehicle (15 passenger capacity or less) and all its occupants.
Motorcycle Fee - $25.00
Admits a private, non-commercial motorcycle and its riders.
Per Person Fee - $15.00
Admits one individual with no car. Typically used for bicyclists, hikers, and pedestrians. Youth 15 and under are admitted free.
America the Beautiful Passes
Timed entry tickets are required in addition to the park pass from April 1 through October 31. You do not need to pay the entrance fee if you have a park pass.
Interagency Annual - $80
Annual or Lifetime Senior Pass - $20 or $80
Every Kid in a Park Annual 4th Grade Pass – Free to 4th Graders
Annual Pass for Military - Free
Access Pass - Free
Volunteer Pass - Free
- Lifetime Golden Age Pass - Free
Where can I purchase the Entrance Fee or Park Passes?
Entrance fees may be purchased:
- In person at the entrance station or
- Online at Recreation.gov. Note: Timed entry tickets are required in addition to the park entrance fee from April 1 through October 31. If you already have a park pass, you do not need to pay the entrance fee.
Park passes may be purchased:
- In person at the entrance station or
- In advance at the USGS online store. Passes may take 6-8 weeks to be shipped and must be in-hand at the time of entry. Receipts for park passes are not valid for entry. Please plan accordingly.
Why is Arches National Park piloting a temporary timed entry system?
Between 2011 and 2021, visitation to Arches National Park grew over 73 percent, from just over 1 million to over 1.8 million visitors per year. As a result, the park has experienced issues of roadway congestion, facility overuse, and associated safety hazards; reduced quality and predictability of visitor access to the park; overcrowding at sites and along trails that diminishes visitor experience; competition for parking and visitor conflicts; and impacts to natural and cultural resources.
In 2022, after reviewing comments from members of the public, stakeholders, and elected officials, the NPS implemented a pilot timed entry system to proactively pace visitation into the park. Preliminary data and visitor survey results from the 2022 pilot demonstrate that timed entry reservations better distribute vehicles and visitors throughout the day, provide more reliable and enjoyable access to the park, and help protect Arches’ extraordinary landscape.
Have more questions? Check out our full FAQ page on Timed Entry