Arches Timed Entry Reservation System
A new system for reliable park access.
Arches Timed Entry Reservation System Ends
Reservations are no longer required to enter Arches National Park. During busy weekends expect the return of long lines at the park entrance and periodic gate closings for several hours. For the best experience try to avoid entering the park between 8am and 2pm on busy days.
The National Park Service will be evaluating the results from the Pilot Timed Entry Reservation System over the next few months to determine the future direction of park operations.
Between April 3 and October 3, 2022 Arches National Park implemented a temporary Timed Entry Reservation System. This new system provided reliable access to the park and resulted in a higher quality visitor experience. Prior to this system there was no guarantee of access to the park during the peak season. With a little advanced planning visitors enjoyed a stress-free visit to one of the most beautiful national parks in the nation.
When are reservations required?
Between 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.
What if I visit the park after October 3, 2022?
A reservation is not required after October 3rd, however expect the return of long lines at the park entrance and periodic gate closings for 3-4 hours. October is a very busy month for Moab. For the best experience try to avoid entering the park between 8am and 2pm.
Is the reservation per person or per vehicle?
The reservation is for a vehicle (15 passenger capacity or less) and all its occupants. A motorcycle is considered one vehicle.
How can I make a reservation?
Visitors must make a Recreation.gov account in advance of purchasing a Timed Entry Ticket.
Reservations will be available online through Recreation.gov (recommended) or:
Reservations will not be available at park entrance stations or 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 Recreation.gov. These are expected to sell out quickly (5-10 minutes) 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.
Do annual/senior pass holders need a reservation?
Yes. A timed entry reservation is required to enter the park even if you have an existing pass. Annual passes cover the payment of entrance fees, so annual or senior pass holders only need to pay the $2 reservation fee.
What if I have a backcountry and/or Fiery Furnace permit, or reservation at the Devils Garden Campground?
Reservations will not be required for those with Arches camping permits, backcountry permits, or Fiery Furnace permits. You must show your Devils Garden 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.
How does this apply to Commercial Use Authorizations (CUA) or Special Use Permits (SUP)?
Timed entry reservations will not be required for those with special use permits, concessions contracts, or commercial use authorizations. You must show your CUA or SUP permit for entry into the park. Entrance fees still apply.
Do Tribal members require reservations?
No. Tribal members may access the park at any time without a timed entry reservation.
How many reservations are you planning to allow each day?
The timed entry pilot is designed to provide the same level of visitor access and opportunities as a typically busy day in 2019, or around 2,700 vehicles per
day. Conditions in the park will be monitored and necessary adjustments made to the timed entry system throughout the duration of the pilot.
Are reservations required at Canyonlands National Park or Dead Horse Point State Park?
How far ahead of my reservation should I show up at the park? Is there a long line at the entrance station?
During the first few months of this pilot reservation system the wait time at the entrance station has averaged 20-40 minutes. This is a much improved experience compared to last year when the park gate was often closed for 3-4 hours, even after waiting in line for hours. A live webcam of the entrance station is available here.
If I enter the park before 6am (when reservations are not required), how long can I stay in the park?
You can stay in the park for as long as you like, however, if you leave the park you cannot re-enter before 5pm without a reservation.
Can’t get a reservation?
- VISIT BEFORE 6AM OR AFTER 5PM
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. The gates are open 24 hours/day, 7 days/week unless all of the parking lots are full.
- COMMERCIAL TOURS
Take a commercial tour of Arches National Park. Many outfitters in Moab offer guided tours of the park. Check out our 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.
To learn about activities outside of the park download a copy of the Moab Outdoor Adventure Guide here, or pick up a free copy at the Moab Information Center on the corner of Main and Center Streets in Moab.