Visitors may be inconvenienced at Arches National Park because of construction that will close the campground and slow traffic at times during much of March.
Superintendent Paul Guraedy said Burdick Construction of Roosevelt will repave all of the roadways and parking areas and enlarge park space at most of the 53-site Devils Garden Campground.Beginning March 1, the entire campground will be closed and no campfire programs will be offered until the project is completed, except during Easter weekend.
"This will be a complete overhaul of the campground roads,"
Guraedy said. Cost of the overhaul will be about $100,000, he said.
"The campground was designed back when vehicles were much smaller and there was more tent camping," Guraedy said. "We're extending the size of sites so they will accommodate a car with a trailer. This is for the convenience and safety of visitors. Now, they can't get all their vehicles into a site, which is a hazard."
Normally more than 1,000 visitors are admitted to the park daily in March, the beginning of the peak season. Guraedy said the project could not be delayed, but the park worked out an agreement with the construction company to halt work temporarily March 24-26 to accommodate Easter visitors.
"We don't anticipate it going that long. If the weather goes fine, they should be out of here in a couple of weeks," Guraedy said.
Motorists can also expect some delay traveling the 18-mile main road through the park at times of the day that trucks will be hauling construction materials to the campground, Guraedy said.
The camping fee is $5 per night at Arches, five miles north of Moab.