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Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Battle Plan For Visting Arches National Park

Arches National Park is a geological wonderland and its popularity has grown to the point that parking is often a problem. The park is exploring various options to reduce congestion at key trailheads and parking areas. Meanwhile, there are many things visitors can do to minimize problems and ensure a wonderful experience when visiting the park.

The Moab Area Travel Council provided these tips:

Arches National Park
Visitation grows in Arches National Park. Here are some useful tips to circumvent peak uses of The Windows Section, Devil's Garden, and the trail head parking lot for hiking to the iconic Delicate Arch.

Planning Your Trip
• Park is open 24/7. Use Sunrise/Sunset table to plan visits outside of 10 am to 4 pm peak hours.
• Early morning (sunrise) is always less busy than sunset. To beat the crowds, try entering the park before 8 a.m., though you may encounter groups of early-morning photographers at some destinations.
• Avoid visiting on BUSY Holidays/Weekends.
• Parking for oversize vehicles (RVs, trailers) is extremely limited. Leave oversized vehicles in town, or in the visitor center parking lot. Rent a car.
• Carpool if you can.
• Consider joining a tour for an Arches Park visit.

Where (and how) to Park
• Park in designated areas only.
• Abstain from parking on vegetation
• Park to keep traffic flow clear
• Refrain from blocking traffic waiting to park

BUSY Holidays/Weekends
• Easter week (March 27-April 5 2015)
• Memorial Day (May 23-25 2015)
• Labor Day (September 4-7 2015)
• Utah Education Assoc. (October 15-18 2015)

Arches Park Tour Guides
Adrift Adventures
Moab Adventure Center
Navtec Expeditions
Red River Adventures
Tag-A-Long Expeditions
Windgate Adventures

National Park Fee Free Days
Arches and Canyonlands are free to enter on the following dates.
• January 19 (Martin Luther King Jr. Day)
• February 14-16 (Presidents Day weekend)
• April 18-19 (National Park Week intro)
• August 25 (NPS Birthday)
• September 26 (National Public Lands Day)
• November 11 (Veterans Day)

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