Changes to closing and opening dates have been made for areas in Arches National Park. The closures are a result of the ongoing road construction work at the park.
LaSal Mountain Viewpoint and Balanced Rock were scheduled to close at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 5.
Park Avenue and Courthouse Towers will close at 7 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 24.
LaSal Mountain Viewpoint and Balanced Rock will open at 7 a.m. on Friday, Sept. 29.
Park Avenue and Courthouse Towers are scheduled to open at 7 a.m. on Friday, Oct. 13.
The Devils Garden Campground remains closed through Nov. 30.
The park will be open with no road construction work during the Utah Education Association holiday weekend, from 7 a.m. on Thursday, Oct. 19, to 7 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 22.
Work to replace the park’s main road was scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 5.
Asphalt hauling in support of repaving the park’s main road is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 10. During this phase of the construction project, as many as 10 to 12 asphalt haul trucks per hour will travel through Moab into the park between 7 p.m. and 7 a.m. Sunday through Thursday nights.
Given the many variables that can impact road projects of this type and scope, construction work dates are subject to change.
The park’s current visitor center hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
On Sundays through Thursdays, 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 park no later than 7 p.m. on Sunday through Thursday nights.
The park reopens at 7 a.m. Mondays through Fridays, and is open weekends from 7 a.m. on Fridays until 7 p.m. Sundays during this road construction project.
Road work includes the resurfacing, restoration, and rehabilitation of approximately 23 miles of roads and pullouts in Arches National Park along the entrance road, main park road, the campground road and other spur roads and loops. The road work is scheduled to last through November.
Limited daytime road closures may still occur even with nighttime work. 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.
The park will continue to post road construction updates as they become available.
Asphalt hauling set to begin on Sept. 10
General information about Arches National Park can be found at www.nps.gov/arch, or by calling 435-719-2299.