Trail to tether Moab, Arches National Park
Published: February 29, 2012 09:48AM
Updated: February 28, 2012 03:45PM
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Photo by Trent Nelson | The Salt Lake Tribune A tourist scrambles spider-like under Double Arch in Arches National Park, one of many recreational opportunities the Moab Area Travel Council will promote this year in Colorado. The council -- and the Utah Office of Tourism — are focusing on markets closer to the state, believing the recession will cause people to vacation closer to home.

A trail will soon stretch the 5 miles between Arches National Park and Moab.

The Park Service announced last month it will spend $36,644 to finish the walking and bicycle trail. The trail currently goes from Arches and stops at Lions Park, which sits along U.S. Highway 191 and the Colorado River on the north end of Moab. The path is considered to be part of the Old Spanish National Historic Trail.

The Park Service also announced it will spent about $100,000 on a parking lot near Lions Park that will serve as a transit hub. Karen Henker, lead interpreter at Arches, said the Park Service wants to encourage people to use the trail and possibly have shuttles pick people up and take them into the park.

If you've ever been stuck in traffic on the two-lane road entering Arches, you can understand why the park would want more people to ride a shuttle.

You looking forward to the day when it's easier and safer to walk or peddle into Arches?

By the way, this is the second time this year the Park Service has announced new trails.

— Nate Carlisle

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