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Arches National Park ends ticketing system

Oct 3, 2022, 11:15 AM

Arches is looking for input from the public to solve an over crowding issue as park attendance has risen 73 percent in the last decade.(Photo: Getty Images)

(Photo: Getty Images)

MOAB, Utah — A pilot program requiring a ticket to enter Arches National Park is ending on Monday.

The pilot program, launched back in April, required visitors to acquire a ticket telling them a specific time to come during the day. The purpose of the program was to improve visitor experience. 

The National Park Service  said with the end of the program, visitors can expect longer lines. 

In a press release Arches Superintendent Patricia Trap said,  “With the conclusion of the timed entry pilot, we would like to extend our gratitude to visitors, local community members, and park partners for their support of this program.”

“The pilot met many of the goals we set out to achieve, including distributing visitation throughout the day and improving visitor experiences, and it provided data that will inform our next steps,” continued Trap. 

The National Park Service plans to use the data gathered during the program to see if the timed ticket is a helpful solution for managing visitors and improving overall experience. 

Park officials encouraged visitors to plan ahead and prepare for crowded conditions and changing weather. 

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