It’s good for the park...
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Think of Arches National Park as a motel with parking spaces as the rooms. What have the managers of this nature motel been doing to insure availability of parking spaces for visitors during peak visitation months? They’ve been enlarging the parking lots, each time eating into the plants and land of the small (76,679 acres) park.

But still the rooms overflow at peak hours of the year, and visitors are parking in the park alongside roads and driving around and around, and idling, waiting for a spot to park. What has the business world In Moab been doing to insure a room for visitors during peak visitation months?

They’ve been doing two things: first, adding more hotels and rooms, and second, offering reservations for peak nights of the year. The managers of our Arches nature motel deserve our support as they propose to offer reservations during peak hours of peak visitation months. It’s good for the experience of each visitor, it’s good for the park staff, and it’s good for the park.

—Mary O’Brien

Castle Valley

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