The National Park Service (NPS) has announced that a timed reservation system will be introduced for Arches National Park in 2022.
The system with a timed reservation has to spread the visitors over the duration of the day. This way the park will be less crowded and there will be no more traffic jams. The hope is to create a better experience for all visitors. The data that will be generated by this project will be used to adjust the system when necessary.
Reservations open January, 3
The pilot project will be in place from April, 3 until October, 3 2022. Visitors can book a time slot on Recreation.gov starting 8 A.M. MST on January, 3 2022. The park will release reservations three months in advance in monthly blocks. On January 3, reservations will open for April 3 through April 30. On February 1, reservations will open for the month of May and any remaining reservations that have not been booked for April. Additional months will continue the same pattern according to following schedule:
- 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.
Timed Entry Ticket
After booking a reservation, visitors will receive a Timed Entry Ticket. Timed entry tickets will be required to enter the park from 6 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily and will allow visitors to enter the park during a one-hour specified window of availability. After entering, visitors may stay in the park as long as they wish for the remainder of the day. Reservation holders may exit and re-enter the park on the same day with a correctly validated ticket.
For those without early reservations, a limited number of additional reservations will be available for purchase at 6 p.m. MDT the day before entry through Recreation.gov. Reservations must be purchased online or by calling Recreation.gov before entering the park and will not be available at the park entrance.
For more information, go to go.nps.gov/ArchesTicket.