Like other national parks, Arches is so popular that it runs out of room for parked cars during the height of the season. The National Park Service has done a study that recommends a mass transit shuttle system similar to those at Zion and Bryce to cut down the number of private cars. But the estimated cost of $3 million a year is beyond the means of the Park Service.
That sounds discouraging, but park managers should keep working on their plan. Refinements could cut costs, and there is room to increase entrance fees to help pay for the shuttle system.
Today's entrance fees of $5 per person or $10 per car are so inexpensive that they could be doubled and still not price Americans with modest incomes out of the park. The study is right that the shuttles should be free with the price of admission. Charging an additional shuttle fare would discourage their use.