|Monday, Oct 31, 2005|
The cooler fall temperatures and changing colors of the cottonwoods and willows make Arches an ideal place to visit in the autumn. Winter is a magical time to visit the park. Wildlife tends to venture out into once bustling areas and the hush of winter falls over the park.
The park, as usual, is open all the time. The visitor center will be open from 8:00 A.M. to 4:30 P.M. until early March, 2006. The visitor center will be closed on Christmas Day, but the park will remain open. The 15-minute film in the visitor center will be shown on request.
Ranger-guided hikes into the Fiery Furnace will be offered on Friday, Saturday and Sunday of Thanksgiving weekend (Nov. 25, 26 & 27), weather permitting, at 12 noon. Sign-up is required at the visitor center, in person, for groups of no more than ten people each for these free walks. Regularly scheduled fee-based walks will resume next spring. Groups familiar with the area and intending to hike on their own are required to obtain a permit at the visitor center and attend a five-minute orientation program to learn about the fragile nature of this special place.
Devils Garden Campground is open for camping on a first-come, first-served basis through the winter, and will have water available. Up to 30 of the individual sites may be reserved through National Recreation Reservation Service for nights between March 1st and October 31st. Reservations must be made no less than four days and no more than 240 days in advance. The remaining 22 campsites will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. The two group campsites may also be reserved through NRRS year-round. Park staff cannot make a reservation for you, nor can they tell you whether a particular date or site is available. To make a reservation, visit www.ReserveUSA.com, or phone NRRS at (877) 444-6777, (877) 833-6777 (TDD), or (518) 885-3639.
A fee of $10 per vehicle is charged to enter (or exit) the park. Other passes which are honored and available include the National Park Pass ($50) which permits entry into all National Park Service areas for one year, the Annual Southeast Utah Group (SEUG) Pass ($25), the Golden Age Pass (a one-time fee of $10 for those U.S. Citizens 62 and older), and the Golden Access Pass (a free lifetime pass to those with disabilities who are eligible).