Arches National Park has stopped issuing backcountry camping permits pending a review.
The park recently updated its backpacking page to say a moratorium on permits began Sept. 6. The page then explains that Arches' last completed a plan to manage its backcountry in 1988.
"In the past 10 years, the number of backpacking permits issued has increased more than 500%," the page says. "It is time for the park to examine the resource impacts caused by this increased use and to update the Backcountry Management Plan. Effective September 6, 2016, and for the duration of the project, backcountry overnight use has been suspended."