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From the Managing Director

April 3rd marks the beginning of a temporary, pilot timed entry system at Arches National Park.  The program is designed to manage traffic, create reliable access and improve the visitor experience at the park. The goal is to distribute, not reduce, visitation to Arches and improve the overall visitor experience, while addressing industry priorities.  

The pilot was launched after extensive engagement with local residents and businesses. It is uniquely suited to Arches National Park.  If successfully executed, it has the potential to improve the visitor and community experience, consistent with the Red Emerald Strategic Plan. It has the potential to help visitors plan carefully for thoughtful exploration of Utah. This can benefit the community and ensure continuous access to our cherished parks and outdoor recreation.

Many thanks to the Grand County Economic Development team for assembling the following resources. And thanks to you for helping us get the word out on this critical initiative. 

Vicki Varela
Managing Director
Utah Office of Tourism

Request Copies of the NPS Timed Entry Rack Card

The Rack Cards are the official printed materials from the National Park Service about the Timed Entry Pilot Program for Arches National Park.

The Rack Card can be downloaded virtually here. Or you can fill out the following form to request physical copies be sent to your location.

Click Here to Request!

Arches Timed Entry Public Service Announcements

15-second and 30-second PSA videos have been created in partnership with the National Park Service and the Grand County Economic Development Department to share with the public about visiting Arches National Park between April 3 and October 3, 2022 during the pilot program. 

These resources are available for you to share.

Suggested Consumer Messaging

  • Arches' traditional operations do not guarantee reliable access during the peak travel season. See gate closures last year.
  • The National Park Service expects timed entry to provide more reliable access and to improve the visitor experience.
  • What if I don’t have a reservation?

Frequently Asked Questions

When are reservations required?
April 3, 2022 and October 3, 2022 reservations are required for your vehicle to enter Arches National Park every day between 6 am and 5 pm. Reservations will allow visitors to enter the park during a one-hour window. For example, a 7 am ticket will allow entry between 7:00 and 7:59 am. Once you are inside the park you can stay as long as you like.

You can also exit and re-enter the park on the same day once your Timed Entry Ticket is validated.
How can I make a reservation?
Reservations are available through any of the following:

  • Online at (free account required)
  • Using the mobile app (iOS/Android)
  • Call the Reservation Line at 877-444-6777
  • Call the Reservation Line (TDD) at 877-833-6777
  • Assistance is available in person at the Moab Information Center downtown.

There are no same-day sales at the park or through park offices.
How far in advance can I make my reservation?

3 Months in Advance - Reservations can be made 3 months in advance of your visit:

  • April reservations (April 3-30) open January 3.
  • May reservations (May 1-31) open February 1.
  • June reservations (June 1-30) open March 1.
  • July reservations (July 1-31) open April 1.
  • August reservations (August 1-31) open May 1.
  • September reservations (September 1-30) open June 1.
  • October reservations (October 1-3) open July 1.
One Day Before Your Visit - A limited number of tickets will be available for purchase one day prior to entry at 6 pm MDT through These are expected to sell out quickly and visitors are encouraged to plan ahead.

How much does it cost to get a reservation?
The non-refundable reservation fee is $2 per day.  
Do I need to pay an Entrance Fee in addition to the Reservation Fee?
Yes. Entrance fees still apply. (Park passes are accepted.) Entrance Fees can be paid at the entrance station.
What if I have a campground reservation and/or a Fiery Furnace permit? 
Reservations will not be required for those with camping permits, backcountry permits, or Fiery Furnace permits.  You must show your campground reservation or other permit for entry into the park. Entrance fees still apply.
Do bicycles require reservations?
No, but the appropriate park entrance fee must be paid at the entrance station.
Is the reservation per person or per vehicle?
The reservation is for a vehicle (15 passenger capacity or less) and all its occupants

Can't Get a Reservation?

Visit before 6 AM or after 5 PM- Consider visiting the park before 6 am or after 5 pm.  Reservations are not required during those times.  Sunrise and sunset are two of the most beautiful times to visit and photograph Arches National Park.

Commerical Tours - Take a commercial tour of Arches National Park.  Many outfitters in Moab offer guided tours of the park. Check out a list of Moab Tour Operators.

Spend some time in Downtown Moab - Enjoy Moab's great selection of restaurants, shops, galleries and museums.

Visit Moab's Other Parks - Visit some of the other parks in the Moab area, such as Dead Horse Point State Park and Canyonlands National Park.

Hike on BLM Land - Enjoy some hikes on the thousands of square miles of beautiful Bureau of Land Management (BLM) land surrounding Moab. 

Stay Up to Date

Follow Arches National Park's social media for reservation information

Arches Facebook
Arches Facebook
Arches Twitter
Arches Twitter
Arches Website
Arches Website

If you need more information about the Arches Timed Entry, contact Melissa Stocks with the Grand County Economic Development Department at

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