2 Utah national parks close roads from heavy snowfall, lapse of federal funding

The National Park Service announced Monday that the road to Arches National Park is closed from heavy snowfall and the government shutdown that limits services including plowing of roads. (Photo: NPS / screen grab)

The National Park Service announced Monday that access roads to Arches and Canyonlands National Parks are closed from heavy snowfall and lack of federal funding from the government shutdown, which limits services including plowing of roads.

NPS stated previously that during the federal government shutdown, Arches and Canyonlands would remain open.

However, limited visitor services, and hazardous or dangerous conditions. impacted the park's ability to keep its roads open. In a tweet, the park stated:

NOTICE: The park is receiving heavy snowfall and it has become necessary to close the park road at the visitor center due to unsafe conditions. Because of the lapse of funding the National Park Service is unable to provide services, including plowing of the roads.

Arches National Park is located north of Moab, Utah, and borders the Colorado River in the southeast. The park is known as the site of more than 2,000 natural sandstone arches, such as the massive, red-hued Delicate Arch in the east.

A second tweet from NPS about the road closure to Canyonlands stated:

... the park road is closed at the visitor center. It is unknown when the road will open. Access to the park will not occur until conditions improve or the National Park Service receives funding to maintain the roads.

Canyonlands National Park is in southeastern Utah and known for its desert landscape carved by the Colorado River.

To view a live camera of the Arches area, click here.

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