Visitors can sample two parks in one day and heft an advantage of the proposed National Park Fee Free Days for 2014. Or add two National Monuments over the weekend dates which are about 2 hours from Moab. More on passes and Visitor Center hours.
Arches and Canyonlands National Parks are open all year. There are Fee Free Days slated for 2014 which enables visitors to take advantage of two parks in one day out of Moab Utah. Visitor Centers at the parks have specified hours to consider. Arches National Park is open daily from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. In March the Arches Visitor Center will extend hours. The Island in the Sky Visitor Center and the Needles Visitor Center of Canyonlands National Park closed in December and will re-open Tuesday, March 4, 2014 to resume operations.
Backcountry use of these Canyonlands Districts require permits from Central Reservations located in the town of Moab at 2282 S. West Resource Blvd. Plan accordingly, the Central Reservation office is open Monday - Friday 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. to secure a permit in person. Or plan ahead to download the backcountry use application from online; fax it to the reservationist to have a permit mailed back.
Plan to visit Arches and Canyonlands on an up-coming fee free day. This year's dates will be Martin Luther King, Jr. Day (January 20), Presidents' Day Weekend (February 15-17), First Weekend of National Park Week (April 19-20), National Park Service Birthday (August 25), National Public Lands Day (September 27), and Veterans Day (November 11).
Fees for camping, tours, special use permits and programs will still be required. Park entrance stations will have Interagency Senior ($10 lifetime for US citizen aged 62 years and older) and American the Beautiful Annual ($80) Passes or the Southeast Utah Group Annual Pass ($25) available for purchase. The SEUG pass enables visitors to enter Arches and Canyonlands National Parks and Hovenweep and Bridges National Monuments any day for an entire year. Come to Moab the first weekend of National Park Week or Presidents' Weekend to visit the entire Southeast Utah Group National sites.