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Published: Monday, Aug. 19 2013 7:01 p.m. MDT

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conservative scientist
Lindon, UT

My family and I love Zion National Park and we visit there often. The park service has a difficult task of preserving resources while also allowing for appropriate recreation. There are certain areas where you won't find solitude, such as the bottom few miles of the Narrows or Angel's Landing and a few other hikes. It is, however, easy to find solitude not far off the beaten track and with a little effort. Even hiking Angel's landing early in the morning largely avoids the crowds. Overall I believe the Park service (including other National Parks - not just Zion) have been overly restrictive in the use of permits and restricting certain areas and activities. They could easily double the number of permits for the Subway and for the Zion Narrows, for example, without diminishing the experience for myself, and likely for many others. I expect to see a few people - it is part of the experience. Please be cautious before further restricting people from enjoying one of the treasures of our State and Country. If too many people are visiting the park, one option is to raise the entrance fee - especially for foreigners. Less people will then come.

Auntdinana
Spanish Fork, UT

I think it is important to protect the resource but it is also important to make it available to the public. Thanks to the well groomed trails and shuttle system, Zion's Canyon is one of the few parks that can be enjoyed by those with limited abilities. Grandparents and young grandchildren can enjoy it together. People with disabilities can see the natural wonders of the canyon in a way that is impossible in the more rugged areas. I don't think every canyon or park has to provide the same experience of solitude. There are many beautiful canyons and rivers in our state that are infrequently traveled and only accessible by the physically strong. Let Zion provide access to the beauties of nature in a way that the less able-bodied can enjoy, too.

Increasing the cost will make it more difficult for families and lower-income people to enjoy the canyon. Since when is our parks' system only intended for the elite?

justamacguy
Manti, UT

Make it SUWA acceptable. Lock all the hikers out. Charge a $500 admission fee.

Moabmom
Moab, UT

Limiting access and raising fees to a national park is a lose, lose for the park and the public who want to see it. If you are visiting a national park expecting to find "solitude", that's pretty unrealistic. It was made a national park so the general public could see and enjoy it, not so it could be a place of "solitude" for the elite.

fish8
Vernal, UT

Pleaes let supply and demand work. If there are too many people and the experience isn't what some want then they will quit comming and then there are less people. To take one groups desire of what they feel is a quality experience and place that standard on everyone is wrong. We need to protect the land but to say x number of people makes for a bad experience is a whole other issue. If you want a more solitude experience go early or late in the day or visit some of the less popular sites, or ever go off season. Last summer I was at Yellowstone Nat. Park and we went in at 6 am and we were the only people at the viewing area for Yellowstone falls. Later in the day there were 30 to 40 people there.
Don't raise the cost. A national park should be available to everyone. If I was on vacation and had scheduled a day at Zion Park and then was turned away because some random limit had been met, I would be very disappointed.

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