National Park Service officials have settled on an off-road management plan for Glen Canyon National Recreation Area that, if adopted, would carry adverse impacts for soils, vegetation, and paleontological and archaeological resources and lead to increased safety issues for visitors.
Glen Canyon National Recreation Area
On January 10, more than 200 college students representing 13 countries will revitalize one of the most important historic sites on the Colorado River as part of an education and service-based collaboration between the U.S. Department of State’s Community College Initiative Program and the National Park Service.
Bears Ears, a 1.35-million-acre rugged redrock landscape rich in Native American history and lore, was declared a national monument Wednesday by President Obama, whose action via the Antiquities Act quickly infuriated Utah's politicians. The wide swath of land covered by the designation includes much of land long desired by conservationists to provide the "completion" of Canyonlands National Park.
100 Classic Hikes Utah: National Parks And Monuments, National Wilderness And Recreation Areas, State Parks, Uintas, Wasatch
Utah is one of the largest outdoor playgrounds in the world, with incredible canyon country, lofty mountains, deep forests, and high desert all waiting to be explored. So it's no surprise that Julie Trevelyan took all of this immense landscape into account when she set out to write a hiking guide to the Beehive State.
As Lake Powell continues to drop in elevation due to poor snow years, the National Park Service and state of Utah are proposing to extend a ferry ramp at Glen Canyon National Recreation Area so motorists can benefit from a "shortcut" between Bullfrog and Halls Crossing. Without the ferry service, which takes roughly 25 minutes to move between the two marinas, motorists would be looking at a two-and-a-half-hour drive.
Throughout the past century, the NPS has excelled at providing opportunities for adventure, beauty, and shared experience. Looking forward, I challenge the agency to embrace its role in providing a place where the global public can step outside the social trappings that obscure their vision in everyday life in order to address the most challenging social issues of our day.
In a collection of essays and poems, nearly three dozen writers have made a stirring argument for establishing a Bears Ears National Monument in southeastern Utah.
As the National Park Service works to determine how the Glen Canyon Dam along the Colorado River operates for the next 20 years, a new study commissioned by the Glen Canyon Institute says halting hydropower generation at the site would have little impact on the western power grid.
In its rush Thursday to take the rest of the summer off, Congress left behind a pile of unfinished work, some of which reaches into the National Park System. There's the Interior appropriations bill, which would roll back some environmental protections, and a controversial Public Lands Initiative for Utah that quickly drew fire. And then there's the draft platform for the Republican Convention, which holds freight aimed at fleecing federal lands and tying presidents' hands.
To document the re-emergence of the canyon, the Glen Canyon Institute has launched the Glen Canyon Living Atlas to provide a virtual tour of restoring areas in the canyon.