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Published: Tuesday, Sept. 15 2009 12:00 a.m. MDT

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Re. Angie

Angie, you state that “the use of the land belongs to the people who live in that area.” By the same logic I suppose you would gladly accept it if your next door neighbor sold pornography and libations? After all, that is the area in which they live and it is their property to control?

Sometimes the government is too controlling, but in this case I would much prefer the federal government's control than that of the state or county.


I too have spent many years traveling the road in Salt Creek until it was closed. As a student in high school it was a favorite day experience, it was the "day date" before the prom, our county enjoyed the area. If we met someone on the trip, we knew them. Today, it is so sad to go to Canyonlands and see the area we so loved turned into a playground for the masses. True it was nice to take visitors there when we were young, but it is tragic now to see how the federal government has exploited it for their purposes and profit! What was once a 'true love for an area and experience' for home town people is now a 'stay out of there' feeling as rangers and government (strangers to the area) have taken over. The road should be open, travel isn't doing any damage in the shifting sands, and the state and country should have control of the road!

DL Part One

There are some places in our world that should not be easily accessed. If everyone has a pot of gold, the gold loses its value. It’s quality versus quantity.

Most of us agree that everyone should have access to public wilderness lands. The disagreement occurs hidden within the supposition. The key word is “access”. If we fulfill the urge to allow easy access to all public lands, we have then eliminated the possibility for wilderness to exist. Wilderness is defined as “An unsettled, uncultivated region left in its natural condition.” If too accessible, a national park becomes an amusement park.

Maintaining wilderness is a delicate balancing act. What is sacred to one individual is irrelevant to another. I respect differing opinions, but I prefer to err on the side of maintaining more pristine wilderness. I’m well into middle-age and realize that soon there will be many places I cannot access. So be it. Those same places would have little meaning to me if they were heavily populated or easily accessed.

DL Part Two

I wish my friends in wheelchairs, or the feeble, or those who choose to ride ORVs could experience many of the places I’ve been. But I know they may, in other ways, enjoy a quality of existence I cannot. I wish I could climb Annapurna, but I’m not physically capable. Still, I am pleased for those who have.

There are already numerous dirt roads in the Canyonlands area that are 4WD accessible. Many of them lead right to arches, Ancestral Pueblo ruins and other remarkable sites. Plus there are thousands of arches throughout Utah that are easily accessed.

Considering the cost, is it really essential that this road be opened?

Marlin Sharp

I really miss journeying on this road to that awesome and amazing place. I have many fond memories with my family. It has been tragic that we no longer have access with my family who cannot walk the 10 plus miles in our older ages. The road and area was never injured due to journeys there.

Slippery slope

The implications of this seem pretty far reaching. The trend is toward more restrictive federal control of access: first limiting resource development, then motorized access, then bicycles and then on foot. If the feds continue to win these sorts of cases, look for even more fences and gates around public lands in the West.


While I understand the frustration with the Federal Governemnt coming into our backyard and telling us how we will take care of our beautiful countryside, the evidence is strong that someone has to provide guidelines and rules to protect the land from those who do not have the self discipline to stay and established roads.

Here in my native Box Elder County, it is extremely discouraging to see the destruction that is caused by those that feel every square foot of public land must be driven over with an ATV. The destruction and subsequent erosion will be here for generations to come. All so someone can get their kicks and giggles.

So, since we do not have any self control, through our actions we have essentially told the Federal Government that we need Big Brother to come in and baby sit us. Yep, it's no one's fault but our own. So, unless we are ready to grow up and take stewardship of this beautiful part of our country, then we just have to concede to someone else doing it for us.


Its all about CONTROL!!! Fed. State and local Gov. want to control everything. Church and religion want to control everything. The Utah culture wants to have control on behavior and choices. My parents tried to control everything. Granted not all is bad in what they are trying to enforce, but not all is great either.
Are you tired of being controlled? I am...

big daddy

Sounds like a controversy is a brewing. The Angel Arch is one of the most beautiful in the state. It would be nice to be able to enjoy it.

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