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UEA Weekend Construction Schedule Change Announced for Arches National Park

National Park Service Department of the InteriorThe Utah Education Association (UEA) holiday weekend construction schedule has been changed for
Arches National Park. The park will now be open with no road construction work from 7:00 a.m. Friday,
October 20 to 7:00 p.m. Sunday, October 22.
Sunday through Thursday, 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 7:00 p.m. Sunday through Thursday nights.
The park reopens at 7:00 a.m. Monday through Friday, and is open weekends from 7:00 a.m. Friday until
7:00 p.m. Sunday during this road construction project.
LaSal Mountain Viewpoint and Balanced Rock opened at 7:00 a.m. Friday, September 29. However,
these areas will be closed again at a later date in order to re-work some of the asphalt that did not meet
specifications.
Other park viewpoint and trailhead closing and reopening dates are currently planned for:
 Park Avenue and Courthouse Towers are scheduled to close at 7:00 p.m. Sunday, October 1.
 Park Avenue and Courthouse Towers are scheduled to open at 7:00 a.m. Friday, October 20.
These areas will be closed to all access and use for visitor and worker safety.
Given the many variables that can affect road projects of this type and scope, these area opening and
closing dates are subject to change.
Work to replace the park’s main road has begun using a technique called cold in-place recycling which involves using several pieces of equipment hooked together that grind up the existing asphalt, mix in

asphalt emulsion and cement, and then relay the product as the new road base.
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 and then return to the asphalt plant south of town between 7:00 p.m. and 7:00
a.m. Sunday through Thursday nights.

Devils Garden Campground remains closed through November 30, 2017.
The park’s visitor center hours currently are 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Road work is resurfacing, restoring, and rehabilitating approximately 23 miles of roads and pullouts in
Arches National Park along the entrance road (from US Highway 191 to the visitor center), main park
road, the campground road, and other spur roads and loops. 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 post road construction updates on its official website at 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: http://www.discovermoab.com.
General information about Arches National Park can be found at www.nps.gov/arch or by calling 435-
719-2299. Information about the other three national parks of the Southeast Utah Group may be obtained
from each of their websites at:

www.nps.gov/cany
www.nps.gov/hove
www.nps.gov/nabr

About the National Park Service: More than 20,000 National Park Service employees care for America’s
417 national parks and work with communities across the nation to help preserve local history and create
close-to-home recreational opportunities. Learn more at www.nps.gov.

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