MOAB, Utah (ABC4 News) – The visitor centers at Arches and Canyonlands national parks will reopen Friday, January 11 thanks to donations from a non-profit organization.
Because of donations from Canyonlands Natural History Association, both visitor centers will be open daily from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Rangers will be on duty to answers questions but may not be able to offer all services.
The two parks were impacted by the ongoing government shutdown which began on December 22, 2018. After heavy snowfall in the area, on Dec. 31, officials announced the roads into the park would be closed due to unsafe conditions.
The National Park Service said it was unable to plow the roads due to the lapse of funding caused by the shutdown.
The Utah Department of Transportation stepped in this week to help clear sidewalks and roads. Park officials say the status of the roads may be weather dependent.
Park officials say visitors should expect winter conditions throughout both parks. Roads and trails may be covered with snow and ice. Hikers should come prepared with gear for snowy and icy trails.
The Canyonlands Natural History Association was created to help the National Park Service, the U.S. Forest Service, and the Bureau of Land Management in their education and visitor efforts.