Action Alert: Restore Climbing Opportunities at Arches National Park

Date: 8/3/2010

We need your help to restore the unique wilderness climbing opportunities found only in Arches National Park!

In 2006, the National Park Service banned the use of fixed anchors after the Delicate Arch controversy and effectively banned climbing on many of the Park's historic towers. The restriction they placed on permanent climbing hardware was a reaction to a random controversy and not a planning process that demonstrated a need to limit these necessary climbing tools.

Currently, Arches National Park is developing a Climbing and Canyoneering Plan that will consider various management scenarios for climbing in Arches including fixed anchors, new routes via permit, access trails, resource protection, group sizes, and commercial guiding.

Help us urge park planners to protect the historic and unique climbing opportunities at Arches National Park by using our letter-writing tool. The Park Service is looking for your unique thoughts on how to balance climbing with wilderness character and park resources.