Donations from a non-profit organization reopen Arches, Canyonlands

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Reception Center of Arches National Park

MOAB, Utah (ABC4 News) – The Arches and Canyonlands National Parks Visitor Centers will reopen on Friday, January 11, thanks to donations from a non-profit organization.

Thanks to donations from the Canyonlands Natural History Association, both reception centers will be open daily from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm. Rangers will be required to answer questions, but may not be able to offer all services.

Both parks were affected by the ongoing government closure that began on December 22, 2018. After heavy snowfall in the region on December 31, officials announced that roads in the park would be closed because of dangerous conditions.

Heavy snow and dangerous conditions forced the closure of roads in Arches National Parks and Canyonlands on December 31, 2018.

the National Parks Service said he was unable to clear snow from the roads because of the lack of funding caused by the closure.

The Transportation Department of Utah stepped in this week to help clear sidewalks and roads. Park officials say that the state of the roads may depend on weather conditions.

Park officials say visitors must expect winter conditions in both parks. Roads and trails can be covered with snow and ice. Hikers must be prepared with equipment for snowy and icy trails.

the Canyonlands Natural History Association was created to assist the National Park Service, the US Forest Service and the Bureau of Land Management in their education and visitor visit efforts.

Take a look at the current conditions at Arches and Canyonlands.