Laws & Policies

Basic Regulations
All Arches visitors should know these simple ways their actions can help preserve the park.

Superintendent's Compendium
The purpose of the compendium is to provide the public and park employees with a document that lists the special designations, closures, permit requirements, public use limits, and other restrictions made at the superintendent's discretion. The compendium is updated annually and augments what is contained in the Code of Federal Regulations and other applicable federal statutes and regulations.

Off-Highway Vehicle (OHV) Determination
Superintendent's determination regarding continuing the prohibition of use of any Off-Highway Vehicle (OHV), All Terrain Vehcile (ATV), or similar vehicle on park roads

Four-Wheel-Drive Requirement Determination
Superintendent's determination requiring 4WD vehicles for designated roads in Arches

Activities on Arches Determination
Superintendent's determination prohibiting walking, climbing, rappelling, or scrambling on arches in Arches and Canyonlands

Unmanned Aircraft Systems Determination
Superintendent's determination prohibiting unmanned aircraft in Southeast Utah Group parks.



Using firearms is prohibited in the park. However, as of February 22, 2010, federal law allows people who can legally possess firearms under applicable federal, state, and local laws, to legally possess firearms in this park. Federal law also prohibits firearms in federal facilities. It is your responsibility to understand and comply with all applicable state, local, and federal firearms laws before entering this park. As a starting point, visitors can review the weapons code for Utah.


Last updated: December 4, 2019

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