The Arches National Park Visitor Center is open daily from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. this winter, except for Christmas Day when it will be closed.
The Island in the Sky Visitor Center in Canyonlands National Park will be closed starting Dec. 31 and will reopen on Tuesday, March 4.
The Needles Visitor Center in Canyonlands National Park closed for the winter Dec. 1 and will reopen on March 4.
Law enforcement staff will remain on duty in both areas, according to a news release from the National Park Service.
Visitors who want to stay overnight in Canyonlands’ backcountry this winter may obtain their backcountry permits from the park’s central reservation office (435-259-4351) at park headquarters, 2282 S. West Resource Blvd. The reservation office is open 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, except federal holidays. Visitors to the Needles District who are unable to obtain a permit are asked to self-register on the front porch of the Needles Visitor Center. Visitors to the Island in the Sky District will need to obtain a permit from the central reservation office.
Visitor services are not available in Canyonlands National Park. Winter visitors to the park need to be well equipped with all necessities.
Park Service officials also announced last week that 2014 annual passes are available for parks in the Southeast Utah Group – Arches, Canyonlands, and Hovenweep and Natural Bridges national monuments. The cost of the annual pass is $25 and it provides unlimited entry into all the parks and national monuments in the Southeast Utah Group.
The passes, which are non-refundable and non-transferable after they are validated upon first use, are not valid for use until Jan. 1. The passes may be purchased at the Arches entrance station, or the visitor centers at Island in the Sky, Hovenweep and Natural Bridges.
For amore information, visit the park websites at: www.nps.gov/arch and www.nps.gov/cany.