I'll say it again: A great irony of hiking in Utah is you often drive a long way just to get out and walk.
So if you want to lessen the number of hikers, it makes sense to impact their ability to drive, or at least park the car.
Zion National Park this month announced it is reducing the size of the parking lot at the Middle Fork of Taylor Creek trail head. The href="http://www.nps.gov/zion/parknews/parking-lot-reduced-at-the-middle-fork-of-taylor-creek-trailhead-in-zion-national-park.htm" target="_blank">press release announcing the move said Zion was trying "to help fight overcrowding" on the trail.
The trail head is in thehref="http://www.nps.gov/zion/frequently-asked-questions-about-kolob-canyons.htm" target="_blank"> Kolob Canyons section of the park and leads to the Double Arch Alcove — a popular destination because of the cooler temperatures the alcove provides in the summer.
From park Superintendent Jock Whitworth via the press release:
"We are mandated to manage that part of the park as wilderness, which involves limiting the number of visitors and the size of groups on certain trails. This enables us to provide a sense of solitude that can’t be found in the main canyon at Zion."
The Park Service didn't specify how much of the parking lot it's going to cordon with fences. The Park Service also didn't specify what it's going to do if people try to park on the shoulder of the road (where there is one) instead of the lot.
It's an interesting tool the park service has deployed. Perhaps managers felt this would create less of an outcry than the permit system used at other federal and state trails where hiking is limited.
What do you think? Is limiting hikers onto Middle Fork of Taylor Creek a good idea? Is reducing a parking lot an effective way to achieve that goal?
— Nate Carlisle
|1.||Mitt Romney to make his home in Utah|
|2.||Pierce: NFL, BYU prioritize TV viewers over ticket buyers|
|3.||DA says Dillon Taylor officer-involved killing was justified|
|4.||Utah adds a few more fish to the ‘do not eat’ list|
|5.||Utah Jazz notes: Mixed results in first practice for Exum, Hood|
|6.||When it comes to Cougar sports, BYU’s president sure is game|
|7.||Restaurant review: Utah duo takes chance on Korean standbys with contemporary spin|
|8.||Relatives speak about Utah family of five who died|
|9.||Photos: Katy Perry roars into Salt Lake City on her Prismatic World Tour|
|10.||Thanksgiving Point corn maze pays tribute to ‘Wizard of Oz’|