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Delicate Arch, Arches National Park, Utah, Moab, Red Rock, Iconic

The Iconic Delicate Arch

Located in the high desert of Arches National Park, Delicate Arch was created by millions of years of deposition, erosion and other geologic events.

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All Utah's federal lands are open or re-opening, with the exception of those closed for the season. Recreation.gov is back online and accepting campsite reservations. Enjoy your fall travels in Utah!

Updated: 10/17/13 3:03 pm 

National Parks 

Arches National Park: Park, visitor center and campgrounds are open. 

Campsite reservations for 10/12 and beyond will be honored. Visitors with existing reservations at the Arches campground can check on those reservation at www.reserveamerica.com or by calling 877-444-6777.

Note: Visitors to Canyonlands and Arches should be aware there there are weather-related issues on the roadways and park infrastructure. There may be roads that are impassible due to weather-related damage. These will be repaired just as quickly as possible. 

Bryce Canyon National Park: Park, visitor center and lodge and lodge dining room are open. Some trails are closed at this time due to rockslides. A park campground is be open with first come, first served availability.

Reservations at the Lodge can be made on-line by visiting www.ForeverResorts.com or by calling 1-877-386-4383. 

Canyon Trail Rides are providing guided horseback rides.  Reservations can be made online at www.canyonrides.com or by phone at 435-679-8665

Canyonlands National Park: The park, along with visitor center and campgrounds are open. 

Note: Visitors to Canyonlands and Arches should be aware there there are weather-related issues on the roadways and park infrastructure. There may be roads that are impassible due to weather-related damage. These will be repaired just as quickly as possible.

Capitol Reef National Park: The park, along with visitor center and campgrounds are open. 

Zion National Park: Zion National Park is open. Escort cars are available for oversized vehicles traveling through the Zion-Mt. Carmel Tunnel. The Watchman campground is open and honoring camping reservations made through Recreation.gov. It is still unclear on whether or not they are accepting new reservations. See Recreation.gov FAQ below.

National Monuments

Cedar Breaks National Monument: The park and visitor facilities are open.

Dinosaur National Monument: The park and visitor facilities are open.

Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument: Park and trail access is open.

Hovenweep National Monument: Park open.

Natural Bridges National Monument: Park open.

Rainbow Bridge National Monument: Park open.

Timpanogos Cave National Monument: Timpanogos cave has already closed for the season.

 

National Recreation Area & Historic Site

Flaming Gorge National Recreation Area: Local update: Flaming Gorge is still open! Unfortunately, all the Forest Service Campgrounds are closed, but the KOA in Manila and Flaming Gorge Recreation services in Dutch John still have their RV spots open. Dispersed camping is also still allowed. Sheep Creek, Dowd Mountain/Summit Springs areas and Manila itself have lots of color right now. Diamond Mountain area and Red Cloud Loop (Uintah County) along scenic byway between Vernal and Dutch John are probably in same situation.

Glen Canyon/Lake Powell National Recreation Area: The main entrances to Glen Canyon are open. These include the main ramps at Wahweap, Antelope Point, Halls Crossing, and Bullfrog. Mussel inspection procedures are in place and must be followed.

Services in the parks will be limited for the first 24 hours.  Contact the concessioner for specific questions.

The Colorado River in Glen Canyon National Recreation Area is open from Lee's Ferry upstream to the dam. The Grand Canyon portion of the Colorado River, from Lees Ferry downstream remains closed to all river launches. 

Golden Spike National Historic Site: Park is open.

 

National Forests

From U.S. Forest Service: Due to the lapse in government funding, we are in the process of closing our offices. Our campgrounds have already been closed for the season. Visitors can still access national forest trails and scenic drives. Our websites will not be updated.

Bureau of Land Management and other federal sites

Most of the state's BLM lands continue to be closed. There is some public access being permitted on a park-by-park basis. We encourage visitors to inquire locally on the status of specific BLM lands. The few updates we have on BLM properties are included below. 

San Juan River: Existing permit holders will continue to be able to raft the San Juan.

Little Sahara Recreation Area: From Juab County Tourism: 10/3/13 "The Little Sahara Recreation Area gate is open for people to enjoy the sand dunes at their own risk. The visitor center is closed, there are no services being provided, and restrooms are locked with water turned off. The County Sheriff is patrolling the area occasionally."

Sand Flats Recreation Area: Sand Flats recreation area in Moab is open to visitors.

Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge: The refuge is reopening today.

 

Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park

Navajo Nation Parks and Recreation Department Manager Martin L. Begaye announced today that all Navajo Nation tribal parks are currently open. “We are pleased to announce that all Navajo Nation tribal parks are fully operating and open to the public.  We are not affected by the federal shut down like many national parks throughout the country.”

Navajo tribal parks include: Little Colorado River Navajo Tribal Park, Lake Powell Navajo Tribal Park, Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park, Four Corners Monument, Bowl Canyon Recreation Area and Window Rock Navajo Tribal Park.

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