Congestion at Arches National Park entranceVisitation to Arches National Park increased by over 90 percent in the last 11 years. As a result, visitors face long wait times at the park’s entrance and parking lots. In 2015, the NPS began a planning process to manage traffic congestion. This effort, the Traffic Congestion Management Plan Environmental Assessment, outlined options which included a reservation system for entry to the park. Based on public comments, the NPS is continuing to gather information on its traffic-management options.

“Waiting hours in line to enter the park or looking for parking are not the memories we want people to take away from their visit to Arches,” said Arches National Park Superintendent Kate Cannon. “We want to improve access to the park, maintain a world-class visitor experience, promote safety, and protect resources. We look forward to working with the public and local leaders as we move to our next steps.”
For further information, contact the park’s visitor information office at (435) 719-2299.