Daytime road construction work in Arches National Park will begin on Monday, Oct. 30.
Nighttime work and the 7 p.m. road closure Sunday through Thursday nights will continue until approximately 7 a.m. on Monday, Nov. 13. After Nov. 13, construction crews plan to work only during the day.
Once daytime work begins on Oct. 30, visitors should expect significantly more delays than have been required during the project to date. However, delays are limited to no more than 30 minutes per lane closure.
Park Avenue and Courthouse Towers are closed to all access and use through Thursday, Oct. 19, for visitor and worker safety. These areas are scheduled to reopen at 7 a.m. on Friday, Oct. 20.
Nighttime work at the park continues, with as many as 10 to 12 asphalt haul trucks per hour traveling through Moab into Arches and then returning to the asphalt plant south of town between 7 p.m. and 7 a.m. on Sunday through Thursday nights. Once crews begin daytime work on Oct. 30, this nighttime work truck traffic will decrease significantly.
If the weather remains favorable, the park’s 3R project is on track to be completed by the end of November or early December. Devils Garden Campground is closed and will reopen when the road construction project is complete.
While the nighttime closure of the park remains in effect, 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. on Mondays through Fridays, and is open on weekends from 7 a.m. on Fridays until 7 p.m. on Sundays. Given the many variables that can affect road projects of this type and scope, these opening and closing dates are subject to change.
The park’s visitor center is currently open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
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.
While construction crews say they 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 post road construction updates on its official website as they become available. However, construction work schedules are subject to change.
Visitors to the Moab area can find a wide variety of spectacular scenery and hikes in other public lands around the region. Information about these other travel and hiking options can be found on 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.
Nighttime construction to continue until Nov. 13