Arches National Park
Arches National Park
yesterday at 19:48. Facebook
At 11:00 am this morning, the line to enter Arches took around 45 minutes. Thanks to the newly striped road, all cars were safely off the highway... but the crowds will be even bigger this weekend. We strongly recommend arriving early (before 9 am) or late (after 4 pm) to avoid the worst crowds. No construction work means no nightly closures this weekend; enjoy sunrise or sunset in (relative)...
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At 1100 am this morning the line to enter Arches took around
Bob Stevens
Thomas Perez
Beth Gordon
Arches National Park
Arches National Park
yesterday at 15:05. Facebook
The scarlet globemallow (Sphaeralcea coccinea) is a desert blockbuster. Its vibrant bloom signals the departure of cooler temperatures and arrival of warmer, dryer times. Globemallow is extremely drought-tolerant which allows it to linger through much of the summer. Catch it while you can and enjoy the show! (mm)
The scarlet globemallow Sphaeralcea coccinea is a desert blockbuster Its vibrant bloom
Arches National Park
Arches National Park
05/25/2017 at 17:00. Facebook
From 1944 to 2015, several million people from around the world have enjoyed North Window Arch. As we can see in this comparison, soil erosion is a serious concern as regional visitation increases.

The desert may look rugged, but its ancient shrubs and biological soil crusts have few defenses against trampling from human feet or off-road vehicles. You can us protect the desert environment by...
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From 1944 to 2015 several million people from around the world have
Arvid von Taube
Devin Baumgardner
Dan Hein
Arches National Park
Arches National Park
05/24/2017 at 22:25. Facebook
Balanced Rock present, past, and future. (kt)
Balanced Rock present past and future kt
Rich Stackon
Richard Vallee
Debbie Gardner
Arches National Park
Arches National Park
05/24/2017 at 16:00. Facebook
Last week a couple visitors snapped a photo of a fan favorite, our piebald deer! This mule deer has a rare genetic variation which gives it a white spotting pattern. (lm) photo by Nan & Peter Macko
Last week a couple visitors snapped a photo of a fan favorite
Brandon Thompson
Mary Forton
Ted Tudor
Arches National Park
Arches National Park
05/22/2017 at 18:33. Facebook
NEWS RELEASE: Arches and Canyonlands National Parks Prepare for Busy #MemorialDay Holiday (cw) [ Go.nps.gov Link ]

Arches and Canyonlands National Parks Prepare for Busy Memorial Day Weekend

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Brad Wender
Bob Moore
Arches National Park
Arches National Park
05/20/2017 at 16:21. Facebook
Spring at Arches National Park reveals a story that's hidden for much of the rest of year: water flowing from sandstone aquifers. This week we'll follow that water to its source to monitor plants growing where water seeps out of the canyon walls, a habitat known as hanging gardens.
Arches National Park 05/20/2017
Shell Corum
Steve Stice
Karen White
Strong winds whistling around Tapestry Arch. (lm)
Charlotte Winnier
Jay Tolbert
Dustin Baugh
#MemorialDay is our busiest weekend of the year. Planning a visit? Here's what to expect:

--There will be long lines at the entrance gate. You might have to wait as long as an hour. (This picture is of the entrance line on the Saturday of Memorial Day weekend.)
--Parking lots will be crowded. If lots are full, move on and come back later.
--There may be a change in traffic flow to enter the...
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MemorialDay is our busiest weekend of the year Planning a visit Here's what to expect:
Linda Goad
Teri Sieglaff
Kristi Boring Shelton
It’s Raining, It’s Pouring!

It may be a rainy week here at Arches National Park, but it has been far from dreary. The plants of the desert are eagerly soaking up all of this precipitation. Since Arches only receives about 9 inches of rain annually, the plants and animals are glad for a welcome respite from hot sun. But, the sun never stays away for long. Looking out on the La Sal Mountain...
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Its Raining Its Pouring It may be a rainy week here at
Robyn Paige
Gwen Jones
Lester Baker
On the Colorado Plateau, sparse rainfall and nutrient-poor soils mean our native plants grow and decay slowly. Captured inadvertently by a scenic photo in the early 1920s, a dead juniper tree remains virtually unchanged nearly 100 years later. Nearby, two living junipers seem to have grown little. How long might a dead tree like this last where you live? (cw & cw)
On the Colorado Plateau sparse rainfall and nutrientpoor soils mean our native
Arches National Park
Paul Valecce
Christy McManus
Do you join ranger programs when you visit a national park, or prefer to explore at your own pace? If you're in the first group, you'll be happy to know that daily free guided walks at Arches have begun for the 2017 season. Join a ranger at Courthouse Towers at 2pm to learn about the unique geology and ecology of this desert park. (kg, photo by A. Kuhn)
Do you join ranger programs when you visit a national park or
Mimi Pritchett Louiso
Joanie Prentice
Denise Stanley
NEWS RELEASE: Devils Garden Area to Close April 30 and 6:30 p.m. “Last Entry” Scheduled to Begin May 14. (cw) [ Go.nps.gov Link ]

Devils Garden Area to Close April 30th and 6:30 p.m. “Last Entry” Scheduled to Begin May 14th

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Kat Alex
Ken Smith
Dustin Baugh
NEWS RELEASE: Tourism to Arches National Park and Canyonlands National Park provided $309M in economic benefits and supported 3,822 local jobs in 2016. (cw)

Tourism to Arches and Canyonlands National Parks Resulted in $309,000,000 in Economic Benefits and Supported 3,822 Local Jobs in 2016

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Mike Coronella
Corinne Peace
Kay Frances Ecclestone
In celebration of National Volunteer Week, we'd like to showcase another of our rockstar volunteers: Kris Westrum.

A volunteer since 2011, Kris helps visitors at the Arches front desk, manages park recyclables, roves park trails, and more, always with this amazing and 100% genuine smile.

Why does she do it? "Because I love the national parks; nothing makes me happier than visiting a new...
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In celebration of National Volunteer Week wed like to showcase another of
Ronald Rushing
Yousuf Khan
Susan Smith Franke
This year, every park newspaper we'll hand out needs a special notice stapled to the front page. How do they get there? Super amazing volunteers, of course!

Most members of the Monday Afternoon Stapling Club are Moab residents, but yesterday fourteen fantastic park visitors joined in as Drop-In Volunteers. Most gave 15-20 minutes of service, but Dennis Riddlemoser (pictured, second from...
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This year every park newspaper well hand out needs a special notice
Jeff Griffin
Mary Jenkins
RJ Davenport
In celebration of National Volunteer Week, we'd like to showcase one of our amazing long-term volunteers: Sue Baril.

Part of the Arches family since 2009, Sue's current duties include hiking park trails, removing graffiti, contacting visitors, monitoring nesting raptors, and parking control for special events (with her husband, Pat).

Sue volunteers because of "My love of the planet and of...
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In celebration of National Volunteer Week wed like to showcase one of
Tammy Jones Duncan
Patricia Magill
Ann Marie Aubry
Superhero Sunday: Cute, fuzzy, but fierce! The desert cottontail's (Sylvilagus auduboni) super-bunny powers include sprinting speeds of 20 mph, dissipating heat through its ears, karate-kicking its predators, and even swimming as a last resort.

Help keep wildlife super AND wild by not feeding, capturing, or handling them.

Hoppy Easter. (mm, photo by A. Kuhn)
Superhero Sunday Cute fuzzy but fierce The desert cottontails Sylvilagus audubon
Elayne Crowle Holder
Joey Bauman
Susan Courtnay
Here's a fun shot from our friendly local park scientists at Northern Colorado Plateau Network. (kg)
Heres a fun shot from our friendly local park scientists at Northern
Bobby Davis
Eighty-eight years ago today, President Herbert Hoover signed a proclamation to preserve "in Grand County, Utah, two areas, known locally as the 'Devil's Garden' [sic] and the 'Windows'... as the Arches National Monument..." This was the first of many national park units Hoover created or expanded during his presidency, from 1929-1933.

Learn more about this conservationist president at [...
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Eightyeight years ago today President Herbert Hoover signed a proclamation to preserve

Herbert Hoover National Historic Site (U.S. National Park Service)

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Cheri Messenger
Melinda Buss
Diane Rich