Windows Section of Arches N.P. to close July 30 for construction
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The north and south Windows at Arches National Park are popular stops for visitors. The Windows Section of the park will be closed for road work beginning July 30. 	   	     Photo by Neal Herbert, National Park Service
The north and south Windows at Arches National Park are popular stops for visitors. The Windows Section of the park will be closed for road work beginning July 30. Photo by Neal Herbert, National Park Service
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The Windows Section of Arches National Park will close at 7 p.m. Sunday, July 30 for up to five weeks for construction. During that time, the road will be closed at the intersection of the main park road and the Windows Section road. The area will be closed to all use, park officials said in a news release.

“Visitors will not be able to travel to Double or Turret arches, nor to the North or South windows,” park officials said.

Construction work is scheduled to begin on the Balanced Rock parking lot in early August, officials said, but the exact date has not yet been determined. Partial and/or full closure of the area may be necessary to ensure visitor and worker safety.

Devils Garden Campground remains closed through Nov. 30.

The park’s visitor center hours are 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and park rangers are presenting nightly evening programs at the center at 7 p.m. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Evening program topic information is available at the visitor center.

Sunday through Thursday, visitors must arrive at the park before 6:30 p.m. Visitors arriving after 6:30 p.m. on those days will not be able to travel past the visitor center.

All vehicles must be out of the closure area no later than 7 p.m. on Sunday through Thursday nights.

The park reopens at 7 a.m. Monday through Friday, and is open weekends from 7 a.m. Friday until 7 p.m. Sunday during the road construction project.

The park will be open with no road construction work on certain holiday weekends. During the Pioneer Day holiday, Arches will be open weekends from 7 a.m. Friday, July 21 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, July 25. During Labor Day weekend, the park will remain open from 7 a.m. Friday, Sept. 1 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 5, and during the state’s Utah Education Association school vacation, Arches will be open from 7 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 18 to 7 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 22

“Other areas of Arches National Park will be closed for up to four weeks once work begins in each of those areas,” park officials said. “The park will reopen roads and trails once area construction work is completed. Given the many variables that can impact road projects of this type and scope, work dates are subject to change.”

The road work includes resurfacing, restoring,and rehabilitating approximately 23 miles of roads and pullouts in Arches National Park along the entrance road (from U.S. 191 to the visitor center), the main park road, the campground road and other spur roads and loops. Road work is scheduled to continue through November.

Limited daytime road closures may still occur even with nighttime work, officials said. Construction crews will use pilot cars and flaggers to control traffic during the day. When partial daytime road closures are in effect, crews will limit traffic delays to 30 minutes or less per work zone.

“While construction crews will make every effort to minimize disruption to visitor daytime travel and activities during this project, visitors should expect frequent delays and closures,” park officials said

The park will post road construction updates on its official website as they become available. However, construction work schedules are subject to change.

Throughout the construction project, Park Service officials encourage visitor to the area to explore other nearby parks such as Dead Horse Point State Park and the Needles or Island in the Sky sections of Canyonlands National Park, as well as other public lands.

“Visitors to the Moab area can find a wide variety of spectacular scenery and hikes in other public lands around the region,” Park Service officials said.

Information about other travel and hiking options is available at the Moab Travel Council’s website: www.discovermoab.com.

General information about Arches National Park can be found at www.nps.gov/arch or by calling 435-719-2299.


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