If you've ever visited Canyonlands and Arches national parks in southeastern Utah during the busy season, you know that finding a parking spot near the key geologic attractions can be difficult at times. So how would you solve the congestion problems?
Arches National Park
Last month, during the Memorial Day Weekend, traffic waiting to enter Arches National Park backed up so far onto U.S. 191 that the Utah Highway Patrol temporarily shut off access to the redrock wonder. That dilemma prompted a suggestion by the park superintendent that perhaps the time had come to issue reservations for people hoping to visit Arches.
Dean Potter is dead. The climber who generated controversy over his climb of Delicate Arch in Arches National Park in 2006 and led to more specific, and restrictive, climbing regulations in the park died this past weekend in an illegal BASE jumping incident at Yosemite National Park.
There will be limited parking at Delicate Arch in Arches National Park beginning in March and running through April as work begins to expand the parking lot.
The prospect of the Colorado River running dry anytime soon is hard to fathom. But if it ever does, it will have a devastating effect on the economies of the seven states that rely on the river's life-giving waters, according to a study prepared by Arizona State University.
Entrance fees at Arches and Canyonlands national parks in Utah would more than double under a proposed open for public comment. Also targeted for an increase is the cost of touring the Fiery Furnace in Arches, both with a ranger and by yourself.
A layer of snow can add a special dimension to the scenery in parks anywhere, but the contrast with colorful rock formations can be especially striking in places like Arches, Bryce Canyon and Grand Canyon National Parks. That's expected to be the case for start of the New Year in several parks in the high desert, but park officials are asking visitors to use caution—and common sense—on icy roads and trails.
Not every national park across the country experiences winter snow and ice, but some of those that do are beginning to experience some dramatic changes to the landscape. Social media sites offer an easy way to enjoy some views of the scenery during what's usually considered the off-season in many areas, so here's a brief sample for your early winter armchair travels.
To alleviate parking problems, for now, at the trailhead to Delicate Arch in Arches National Park, the National Park Service has settled on a plan to enlarge the existing parking area by almost one acre, a move that will add 82 parking spots.
The state of Utah, which has given the federal government until year's end to turn over roughly 30 million acres of public lands, has not legal basis to make such a claim, according to a legal analysis of the issue.