Clouds stream above Courthouse Towers
Thank you, University of Virginia Alternative Spring Break-ers for your tremendous help! In eight hours, these 12 students stapled road work notices onto over 17,000 park newspapers. Give a cheer for volunteers!!! (kg)
"Somewhere, something incredible is waiting to be known." -Carl Sagan (mm, photo by K. Thomas)
If you're visiting the park this year, you should plan on significant impacts to travel, hiking, and touring the park. Construction crews will be working on the entire road system between March and November.

Here's what you should expect:
-Devils Garden Campground is closed March 1 - November 30.

- Most of the work will occur at night.

- All paved park roads will be closed from 7 pm to 7...
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Construction Projects - Arches National Park (U.S. National Park Service)
“Painting is poetry that is seen rather than felt, and poetry is painting that is felt rather than seen.” -Leonardo da Vinci

Today's challenge: Share a work of art or poem inspired by nature. (mm, photo by Moira Mattingly)
CONSTRUCTION NEWS RELEASE: Night Time Closure Planned During Major Road Construction Project in Arches National Park

We expect road construction to begin in March or April. Construction work will occur mostly at night. Park roads will close each night. Visitors must be out of the park by 7 pm. This closure is necessary to maximize visitor and contractor safety.

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Night Time Closure Planned During Major Road Construction Project in Arches National Park
Winter brings peace and solitude to Arches National Park -- gone are the crowds and scorching heat that can plague summertime visits. It’s the perfect time to explore Balanced Rock and some of this Utah park’s other legendary rock formations. Sunset photo courtesy of Brock Slinger.
"Night time sharpens, heightens each sensation. Darkness stirs and wakes imagination." -The Music of the Night #HalfTheParkIsAfterDark (mm)
Raven says "Watch your footing, it's still pretty slick in the Devils Garden." (mm, video: C. McPherson)
Happy 50th anniversary to our friends at Canyonlands Natural History Association! CNHA partners with the parks in southeast Utah -- Arches National Park, Canyonlands National Park, Hovenweep National Monument, and Natural Bridges National Monument -- plus the U.S. Forest Service and the Bureau of Land Mangement.

CNHA operates park bookstores and supports science and public education programs...
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Winter brings the park contrast, stillness, and in many ways a chance to catch its breath. What does winter bring you? (mm)
People at U.S. Department of the Interior do some important--and pretty cool work--including our friends at Northern Colorado Plateau Network! (cw) [ Link ]

15 Amazing Jobs at the Interior Department
Reacting to Ranger PT's query, Jessie ponders... while sister Katie patiently holds his hat, for they're moving ever closer to attaining a coveted Arches' Junior Ranger Badge! #FolksofArchesProject (gr)
Day into night. (kt, photo Jacob W. Frank)
The sun sets on 2016 and the National Park Service centennial. Did you celebrate at Arches or another national park? We now enter a second century. What will the next 100 years bring? Where will you #FindYourPark in 2017? (cw) #NPS100
End of the year arch dusting compliments of maintenance staff Brett and Jonny. They are to be commended along with their team... for they also replaced many burned out light bulbs in the Visitor Center! Any New Year's projects on your docket? (gr) #FolksofArchesProject
On a chilly Arches' day, sending warmth to you and yours... May you have a wonderful holiday season! #ArchesWinter (gr, photo by Jared Erickson)
For the last 14 years, Arches National Park and the Northern Colorado Plateau Network have been monitoring natural springs in the park. Take a look at what they learned. [PDF] (cw)
The winter solstice is Dec. 21st at 3:44 am.This image shows the path of the sun from sunrise to sunset in 43 stacked photographs.Yearly, the Sun reaches its most southerly declination of -23.5 degrees when the North Pole is tilted farthest away from the Sun.This occurance delivers the fewest sunlight hours of the year. (cw,gr) [ Link ]

APOD: 2007 December 22 - Tyrrhenian Sea and Solstice Sky
With solstice around the corner, the moods of winter creep upon the land... December 21. #ArchesWinter
(gr, photo by Brett Lewis Allen)