During a meeting Tuesday, May 7 with Arches National Park Superintendent Kate Cannon and members of the Moab City and Grand County councils, officials expressed an interest in implementing a “timed entry” system, thus far known as a reservation system, as an interim solution to traffic congestion in the parking lots and at the entry to Arches.
As the spring season rolls on, visitor centers at Arches and Canyonlands national parks began extended hours of operation earlier this week, according to a statement from the Southeast Utah Group of National Parks.
I wanted to comment on your March 21 headline article, “Arches Reservation Plan Stalled.” I was just a tourist visiting your area and was disappointed to read this article.
Citing a number of concerns, the Grand County Council postponed acting on a proposed resolution endorsing the study of a shuttle system for Arches National Park at Tuesday’s meeting.
The Moab Transit Authority Study Committee unanimously approved Chair Michael Liss’ outline for a plan he hopes will alleviate traffic congestion at the entrance to and inside of Arches National Park.
There is near universal consensus that traffic congestion at Arches National Park has become so problematic that it has significantly diminished the tourist experience for the 700,000 or so annual visitors, has stressed undermanned park staff and threatened the physical environment that draws people from around the world.
Following the release of a study on the potential economic impact of a reservation plan for Arches National Park, the National Park Service is taking a step back and looking to clarify some of the key findings from the study, particularly with regard to the economic impact the plan would have on Moab, Grand County and San Juan County.
A children’s book for Arches National Park has been on Canyonlands Natural History Association’s wish list for a long while. Once the association discovered Lisa Horstman’s “incredible illustrations and creative storytelling, we knew the time was right,” said CNHA in a statement.
As the days begin to warm in Moab, bikers and runners are out on the roads to mark the unofficial beginning of spring.
The arrival of spring also brings extended hours of operation or reopening for Arches and Canyonlands national parks’ visitor centers, according to an announcement from the National Park Service.