Arches National Park plans changes to handle rising visits

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Arches National Park plans changes to handle rising visits

From toilets to traffic, managers must intervene to control crowds
A lunar eclipse is framed within Turret Arch at Arches National Park near Moab, Utah. A record number of visitors – 1,585,718 – came to park in 2016. Park managers are considering an entry system that would allow visitors to choose from four three-hour blocks.
Arches National Park is a draw for tourists from around the world. As a result, the park has had to provide explicit instructions for proper use of its toilets. The park will also be installing squat toilets to accommodate foreign visitors who are more accustomed to them.
Arches National Park near Moab, Utah, is exploring ways to manage visitation without diminishing visitors’ experience and while protecting natural resources. More than 1.5 million people visited the park in 2016, a record.
Tourists photograph Delicate Arch, the iconic natural feature at Arches National Park in eastern Utah. Over the summer, construction crews will work on the park’s entire 26-mile road system. Visitors should expect road and trail closures.

Arches National Park plans changes to handle rising visits

A lunar eclipse is framed within Turret Arch at Arches National Park near Moab, Utah. A record number of visitors – 1,585,718 – came to park in 2016. Park managers are considering an entry system that would allow visitors to choose from four three-hour blocks.
Arches National Park is a draw for tourists from around the world. As a result, the park has had to provide explicit instructions for proper use of its toilets. The park will also be installing squat toilets to accommodate foreign visitors who are more accustomed to them.
Arches National Park near Moab, Utah, is exploring ways to manage visitation without diminishing visitors’ experience and while protecting natural resources. More than 1.5 million people visited the park in 2016, a record.
Tourists photograph Delicate Arch, the iconic natural feature at Arches National Park in eastern Utah. Over the summer, construction crews will work on the park’s entire 26-mile road system. Visitors should expect road and trail closures.
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