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Published: Friday, May 27 2011 8:00 p.m. MDT

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Stockton, UT

So if I recall, the primary reason for the NPS closing the road was NOT to protect the area from any documented environmental damage. Rather, it was to restrict public access to public property that happens to be considered "sacred" by one religious group.

Now, if that religious group had been any of the numerous Christian denominations, or Jewish, we'd be hearing all about "separation" of church and state.

But since the religious group in this case just happens to be American Indians, nobody will mention separation.

It is pretty hard to show "continuous use" of a road when the NPS unilaterally gates it off and it takes 10 years to get to the court hearing.

Remove the gate and let's see how much use the road gets.

Moab, UT

So they are 'preserving' the canyon for the public by banning the public.

Salt Lake City, UT

Considering wrote:"So if I recall, the primary reason for the NPS closing the road was NOT to protect the area from any documented environmental damage".

You need to go back and look at the facts before posting. I have no idea where you got those "facts" but they didn't come from anything about this case ????

Cedar City, UT

Canyonlands is a national park, not really a place where a Utah "state's rights" land grab ever stood much of a chance.


The public is most certainly not "locked out!" Anyone can hike, bike or ride a horse to Angel Arch. They just have to park their motor at the gate. Get over the notion that "the public" all want to drive up the middle of Salt Creek.

Demo Dave
Holladay, UT

"It denies Americans the right to their property," Adams said.

Preservation, not denegration of our public lands needs to be the new priority. Too many people, even with good intentions, can literally love a place to death. Desert soils and plants are fragile and can't handle a continuous onslaught of vehicles and foot traffic. Then of course, there are the people who don't care about anyone but themselves, leaving garbage and vandalizing features, thereby despoiling the experience for those who follow for years to come.

We don't need to drive everywhere. Just because we have the ability doesn't mean we have the right to trample the planet under pagan wheels. We don't need to go everywhere, to change everything we see and touch. The world is prefect without us. Let's leave some parts of it alone.

GC Addicted
Washington, UT

How does driving a jeep down a wash trample the planet under pagan wheels? Roads in washes are the ideal place to have roads. They leave no impact. All they did was keep the public from using their public lands. Not everybody is young enough or strong enough to make a 25 mile round trip hike carrying water, food and equipment into a hostile desert environment so they can love the beauty of their land.

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