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.
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.
Arches Superintendent Kate Cannon will speak at the March 19 Grand County Council meeting regarding a proposed plan to implement an entry reservation system at Arches National Park.
Local canyoneering expert Brett Sutteer is well connected within the local canyoneering community, making him a prime candidate to speak about the outdoor activity and its history.