Are you wondering, “Do you need reservations for Arches National Park?”   

Starting in 2022, there will be an Arches National Park reservations system.

Arches National Park, one of Utah’s Big Five, is home to more than 2,000 natural arches.  It’s an incredible place to visit. 

However, there is only one entrance to the park and Arches National Park Road is the only road through the park.  Arches National Park parking is also limited.  And, because there is just one campground and no other lodging inside the park, and no shuttle service, almost everyone drives into the park for the day.  

Due to the logistical limitations and the extreme popularity of the park, it often gets full.  And when it does, the National Park Service closes the entrance and turns people away. 

This used to happen only occasionally in the busiest months, but has started to happen almost every day over the course of several months of the year.  One of the most common questions that people visiting Arches National Park now ask is “Is Arches National Park open?” 

Something had to give… 

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As a result, the NPS has decided to implement a timed entry system to Arches National Park, along the lines of the one now used in Rocky Mountain National Park

The reservation system can be a little complicated.  I am a national park expert and I have written this detailed guide to the Arches timed entry system to make your planning easy and help ensure you can get to the park and enjoy all it has to offer. 

“Do I need a reservation for Arches National Park?” Yes, you will between certain dates and times. 

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Type of Arches National Park entry tickets/ reservations 

Tickets will be issued for timed entry to the national park as a day visitor. You will not to be able to enter Arches National Park for the day unless you have a reservation. When you make your reservation, it will be for a window of time and you will need to enter the national park in this time period.  

The timed entry will be between 6:00AM and 5:00PM. They will allow entry during a one-hour window of time.

Period reservations are needed for 

The timed Arches reservations will be in place for access between April 3 and October 3, 2022. Once you enter, you can stay as long as you like and can even leave and re-enter as long as you get your ticket validated.

How to get Arches National Park permits/ make reservations 

Entry tickets are only be available online at the NPS reservation system (online or by calling). 

If you book online:

  • search for “Arches National Park Timed Entry Ticket”
  • select the day you plan to visit the park
  • add it to your cart
  • complete payment
  • After payment, you will receive an email confirmation with an attached Timed Entry Ticket

If you want to call, the numbers are:

  • Reservation Line: 877-444-6777
  • Reservation International Line: 606-515-6777
  • Reservation Line (TDD): 877-833-6777

Tickets will NOT be available onsite.

The tickets will be released in two different allotments (in advance and soon before travel dates).   

a) Advance Tickets

Tickets will be released three months in advance on the following schedule:

Reservations openFor entry in this month
January 3April (April 3 – 30)
February 1May (May 1–31) 
March 1June (June 1–30) 
April 1July (July 1 – 31)
May 1August (August 1–31)
June 1September (September 1–30)
July 1October October 1–3)

Tickets go on sale at exactly 8:00AM MST

b) Day before Tickets

A limited number of tickets will be released the day before at 6:00PM MST.

Cost of tickets/ reservations 

There is a $2 non-refundable processing fee for the Arches National Park day pass. This is in addition to the regular Arches National Park entrance fee. 

When is it not necessary to make a reservation for Arches National Park access this summer? 

This reservation (and fee) is not required in the following circumstances: 

1) You have a reservation for Devil’s Garden Campground inside the park, a wilderness camping permit, a Fiery Furnace permit, or a special use permit.  You will be able to enter the park on the first day of your camping reservation. 

You will need to show proof of a reservation or permit in lieu of your entry ticket and you must have a camping permit or reservation in advance. There will be no same-day sales at the park’s campground.  

2) You enter the park outside the ticketed hours.  The timed entry ticket is only required for entry into the park between 6:00AM and 5:00PM. 

3) You ride a bicycle or walk into the park. Hiking isn’t recommended because of the distances, however.

After You Get Your Timed Entry Ticket

Be sure to print, download or take a screenshot of your timed entry ticket and take it with you to the park. You will also need valid photo ID.

Arches National Park: Tips For Getting Timed Entry Tickets 

Read my post about which national parks require reservations in 2022 for some insider tips on making reservations (and the lowdown on the other national parks that also require some form of reservations this summer). 


Good luck and enjoy Arches National Park!  

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James Ian Yosemite

James Ian has traveled to 82 countries and all 7 continents.  He has visited all of the main national parks in the United States, as well as many national monuments and state parks.

He has rafted through the Grand Canyon; rappelled down slot canyons near Zion and Arches; hiked among the hoodoos in Bryce and the enormous trees in Sequoia; admired the waterfalls in Yosemite and the colored hot springs in Yellowstone; seen moose in Grand Tetons and seals in the Channel Islands, and much more.

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