Moab Area Public Lands News
Our news section will help you keep up-to-date on what’s happening with the parks and public lands of Southeastern Utah and happenings in the Moab area. Check back often to stay connected with the lands you love.
December 28, 2016 President Declares New Bears Ears National Monument The new Bears Ears monument in Southeastern Utah encompasses 1.3 million acres and includes cultural and geologic features such as Comb Ridge and Cedar Mesa, areas for which some groups have long sought protections. The president’s proclamation notes that the region was first recommended for a monument designation in 1936. Learn more by reading the Proclamation -- Establishment of the Bears Ears National Monument.
December 16, 2016Canyonlands Visitor Centers Close for Winter Canyonlands National Park is open all year, but the park's visitor center operations change with the arrival of winter. The Needles Visitor Center closed for the winter on Saturday, November 26, 2016 and will reopen on Monday, March 6, 2017. The Island in the Sky Visitor Center will be closed Christmas Day. It will close for the winter on Wednesday, December 28, 2016 and reopen on Friday, March 3, 2017. Law enforcement staff will remain on duty in the park throughout the winter. Visit the Canyonlands National Park Operating Hours & Seasons web page for more information.
November 4, 2016, 4:30 - 6 pm Collaborative Art Project Come to the Moab Information Center and add your words to a fantastic final project by the 2016 Community Artist in the Parks, Maddie Logowitz! Meet her and chat about her year of inspiring visitor contacts in Arches, Canyonlands, Natural Bridges and Hovenweep. The Moab Information Center is located at the corner of Center and Main streets, in downtown Moab. Visit the Artist in the Parks Program web page for more about this wonderful program.
October 2016 Natural Bridges & Hovenweep National Monuments Winter Hours The visitor centers at Natural Bridges and Hovenweep will be closed on Tuesdays & Wednesdays from October 18, 2016 - April 17, 2017. The visitor centers will be open Sun., Mon., Thurs., Fri., & Sat. from 9 am to 5 pm. The monuments and camgrounds remain open year- round. Trails at Hovenweep are open from sunrise to sunset. Learn more at the Natural Bridges National Monument website and the Hovenweep National Monument website.
October 29, 2016 Opening of the Kane Gulch Ranger Station Rock Art Exhibit The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Monticello Field Office invites the public to an open house at the Kane Gulch Ranger Station on Saturday, Oct. 29, 2016 from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. to view the new exhibit “Cedar Mesa Through Time: Place, Archaeology, and Culture”. The exhibit will provide visitors with photographs, drawings, and descriptions of key characteristics of rock art from earliest inhabitants to present day cultures. A team of experts will be honored led by Dr. Sally Cole and Laura Lantz, who contributed hours of extensive research of rock art, archaeology, geology, and ecology of the Cedar Mesa area for the exhibit. Light refreshments and snacks will be served. The Kane Gulch Ranger Station is located in southwestern Utah along Utah Highway 261 about four miles south of Highway 95, not far from Natural Bridges National Monument..
October 20-23, 2016Arches and Canyonlands national parks are expecting record visitation this weekend Arches and Canyonlands national parks are expecting record visitation during the fall recess of Utah public schools, October 20 – 23. Officials are advising visitors to expect heavy traffic, crowded trails, and limited parking. They also recommend that visitors enter the parks before 9 a.m. or after noon to avoid entry line wait times that may exceed one hour. Moab area accommodations and campgrounds are likely be full. Visit the Arches National Park news page to learn more.
October 22, 2016 at 2 PM Edge of the Cedars Lecture by R.E. BurrilloThe Lens of History: Documenting Impacts to Archaeological Sites on Cedar Mesa through Comparative Photography. Lecture is free. Edge of the Cedars Museum is located at 660 W 400 N, Blanding, UT 84511. 435-678-2238. Visit the Edge of the Cedars State Park Museum web page to learn more.
October 10, 2016 2017 Artist in the Parks Program Applications Being Accepted The Southeast Utah Group of parks is now accepting applications for the 2017 Community Artist in the Parks (CAIP) program.
Created in 2009, the CAIP program highlights the connection between local artists and the surrounding landscape, particularly Arches and Canyonlands national parks and Hovenweep and Natural Bridges national monuments.
For more program details and application information, visit the Community Artist in the Parks Program webpage.
September 24, 2016 Lend a Hand on National Public Lands Day Volunteer for National Public Lands Day (NPLD), the nation's largest, single-day volunteer event for public lands in the United States. Spend time outdoors participating in projects like pulling invasive species, maintaining trails, picking up trash, and more. Your work will help ensure our public lands continue to be beautiful places for all to enjoy! National Public Lands Day is also a fee-free day for all federal public lands including Arches & Canyonlands National Parks and Natural Bridges & Hovenweep National Monuments. To find out about NPLD volunteer opportunities in the Moab area, visit: https://www.neefusa.org/find-an-event/UT.
September 8, 2016 Major Road Construction Planned for Arches National Park A major road construction project in Arches National Park will begin in early 2017 with the bulk of work being accomplished March through October. The Devils Garden Campground will be closed March 1 through October 31, 2017. For more details, visit the Arches National Park news web page.
August 14, 2016 Jurassic Walk and Talk at the Dinosaur Stomping Ground Join a BLM paleontologist for a free walk with dinosaurs at 9 am. Also, at 6pm, meet on the Moab Information Center back patio for “Bones, Stones, and Fossil Zones”—a free paleontology talk about the Moab area’s dinosaurs. For directions, visit the Dinosaur Stomping Ground web page.
August 13, 2016 Jurassic Walk and Talk/Poison Spider Dinosaur Trackway Join a BLM paleontologist for a free walk with dinosaurs at 9 am. Also, at 6pm, meet on the Moab Information Center back patio for “Dino Tracks and Facts”—a free paleontology talk about dinosaur tracks found in the Moab area. For directions, visit the Poison Spider Dinosaur Trackway web page.
July 26, 2016 Bull Canyon Overlook Tracksite Dedication The Moab District of the Manti-La Sal National Forest is pleased to announce the completion of an interpretive site at Bull Canyon Overlook. This site interprets an impressive Jurassic-age dinosaur tracksite with numerous well-preserved theropod tracks. Educational and informational panels, parking, a restroom and a trail were all constructed as part of this project. For directions, visit the Manti-La Sal website.
June 30, 2016 High Fire Danger Prompts Fire Restrictions Weather conditions coupled with extremely dry conditions throughout Southeast Utah have created hazardous fire conditions. As a result, as of, July 1, 2016, all State, Bureau of Land Management (BLM), and National Park Service lands and all unincorporated private lands in the following lands are under fire restrictions. This affects State Lands and unincorporated private lands below 7000 feet in Carbon, Emery, Grand and San Juan Counties; BLM lands below 7000 feet in southeastern Carbon, Emery, Grand and San Juan Counties; National Park Service including Canyonlands and Arches national parks plus Natural Bridges and Hovenweep national monuments. Restrictions include: No campfires, except in permanently constructed cement or metal fire pits provided in developed campgrounds and picnic areas. No smoking, except within an enclosed vehicle or building, a developed recreation site or while stopped in an area that is paved, barren or cleared to mineral soil. Information on statewide fire restrictions can be found here.
June 10, 2016 Roxanne Bierman Named Executive Director of CNHA Canyonlands Natural History Association is pleased to announce that Roxanne Bierman has been named Executive Director of CNHA. Roxanne comes to CNHA from the Grand Teton Association, where she served in many capacities during her twenty-five year career there, working her way up to Director of Operations, a position she held since 2004. Roxanne brings a wealth of experience in human resources, retail management, and operations management that will be an asset as she leads CNHA. Roxanne takes the helm from Cindy Hardgrave, who has retired after heading CNHA for seventeen successful years.
June 9, 2016 Colorado and Green Rivers Rising as Snow Melts The west side of the White Rim Road in Canyonlands National Park is flooded & impassible to most vehicles. For updates contact the Island in the Sky Visitor Center: (435) 259-4712. Also, if you are boating, high flows can change the river dramatically, limiting campsites and making pulling into shore difficult. Have fun and be safe! You can check the current Colorado and Green River Flows at the USGS WaterWatch website.
May 26, 2016 Free Public Tours of Hanksville Dinosaur Quarry Begin May 27thThe education staff from the Burpee Museum will lead tours at 11am, 1pm and 3pm and talk about current and past excavations.Click here for directions and more information.
April 05, 2016 New Stamp Features Delicate Arch The U.S. Postal Service recently previewed the
second in its series of 16 Forever stamps commemorating the National Park Service Centennial. The Stamp image is of Delicate Arch in Arches National Park.
March 16, 2016 Arches Traffic Cameras Now Online Cameras at Arches National Park allow you to see if there is a line at the Arches entrance.
February 01, 2016 2016 Community Artist Announced The National Park Service's Southeast Utah Group (Arches and Canyonlands National Parks and Hovenweep and Natural Bridges National Monuments) is pleased to announce that Madeline Logowitz has been selected as the 2016 Community Artist in the Parks (CAIP).
November 25, 2015 Winners of the 2015 Canyon Country Photo Contest Selected 1st Place—Delicate Arch Sunset by Esteban Azevedo. 2nd Place goes to Needles Sunrise by David Crews.
October 22, 2015 MIC Lecture - Birds in Ancestral Pueblo Rock Art and Culture by Sally Cole Free MIC lecture, Oct. 22 at 6 pm.Learn about rock art images of birds in the Four Corners region from about 1000 – 400 BCE and CE 1700 and the complex relationships between Puebloan peoples and birds over time.
September 24, 2015 MIC Lecture: Re-excavating the Past: New Work with Ancient Textiles, Baskets, Wood, and Hides from Southeastern Utah: A CNHA Discovery Pool Project Textile expert Laurie Webster will discuss the fascinating histories of some remarkable 1000 – 2000-year-old textiles, baskets, sandals, and other perishable artifacts. Thurs., 9/24 at 6 pm at the Moab Information Center. Corner of Main & Center St.
September 15, 2015 MIC Lecture: STARS! Join Seth Jarvis, Director of the Clark Planetarium, as he takes us on a journey through the stars! Thurs. 9/17 at 6 pm. Moab Information Center, corner of Center & Main St.
August 31, 2015 Canyonlands National Park Named International Dark Sky Park The International Dark-Sky Association (IDA) has granted Gold-Tier International Dark Sky Park status to Canyonlands National Park, an honor reserved for the darkest of dark skies and the most stunning of starscapes.
August 27, 2015 MIC Lecture: Telling the Tell Free MIC lecture: Thu. Aug 27 at 6 pm. Join Don Montoya as he presents a Native American oral narrative accompanied by Karen Clark, Lakota Way Practitioner. Oral tradition is cultural knowledge transmitted orally from one generation to another.
August 20, 2015 MIC Lecture: San Juan Red Ware Pottery Production and Exchange Join Jim Allison for his talk at the MIC on 8/20 at 6 pm. Red ware pottery exchange linked Ancestral Pueblo people across the region through complex networks of interaction that cross-cut apparent differences among social groups.
August 11, 2015 Day-Use Permits Now Required for Elephant Hill and White Rim Roads The National Park Service has announced that permits will be required for all motor vehicle and bicycle day use on the White Rim and Elephant Hill roads in Canyonlands National Park beginning September 1, 2015.
May 05, 2015 Arches National Park Resumes Temporary Closure of Climbing Routes With the return of spring, many climbing routes or features inside Arches National Park again have been temporarily closed to rock climbing to protect sensitive wildlife species.