Timed entry pilot program begins at Arches National Park

The time entry program will run from April 3 to October 3.

Moab, Utah • In 2021, Arches National Park shattered a record for most visitors in the park in a single year with more than 1.8 million people.

Since 2010, the park has seen more than a million visitors each year. As a result, the park has had to make some tough calls — such as capping the number of cars allowed into the park each day.

On Sunday, they took their first big step towards addressing the surge of people by rolling out a timed entry pilot program.

Over the last few years, the crowds have grown so much that the park itself has had to stop visitors from coming in at times. In hopes of eliminating those long wait times and alleviating overcrowding, the National Park Service has rolled out a timed entry system.

To read more about the timed entry program, visit FOX 13.

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