If you were given a blank piece of paper and asked to design a national park, what would you consider to be indispensable?
What, if any, commecial services would you include? Would there be lodging, and if so, how much and at what room price? What about roads? How many miles of them would you allow, and where would they lead? Would you place a hard limit on the size of buildings (both height-wise, and interior space)?
Would you set a specific limit on how much of paradise could be paved over? What visitor amenities would you see were provided? Would you want to restrict recreational amenities to activities that are in concert with the natural setting?
These are all timely questions in light of the effort to better manage the Yosemite Valley in Yosemite National Park, to restore and rehabilitate things at Jenny Lake in Grand Teton National Park, and as Grand Canyon National Park officials continually wonder how they can reduce the human footprint on the South Rim of that wonderful park.
Tell us, travelers, how would you design the perfect national park?