Climbing and Canyoneering Management Plan
Arches National Park has developed an environmental assessment/assessment of effect (EA/AEF) to analyze various actions in managing rock climbing and canyoneering activities in Arches National Park. Issues identified to date include effects on natural and cultural resources and wilderness character, increase in use levels, the development of new routes, use of fixed gear, development of approach trails, rock alteration, visual impacts and the effects of climbing/canyoneering on visitor safety and experiences.
The EA/AEF evaluates three alternatives: a no-action alternative and two action alternatives. Alternative A (No Action) describes the current management of rock climbing and canyoneering in the park. Alternative B (Preferred) proposes to manage climbing and canyoneering activities through an adaptive management process. Alternative C proposes a minimum management approach. Management would emphasize educational efforts and would provide canyoneers and climbers with information on park resources and guidelines for ensuring safety and minimizing resource impacts via the park website and social media, visitor center displays, and other methods.
Planning and Compliance Coordinator