Utah lawmakers want to see more of Zion National Park, not less.
The House Monday voted 46-7 in favor of a resolution opposing attempts by the National Park Service to classify as wilderness area several viewpoints overlooking the park."If these areas are designated wilderness, all motorized vehicles will be banned," said Rep. Jim Yardley, R-Panguitch. "In essence, a wilderness designation would lock out almost all Utahns and preserve the beautiful vistas for those young, rich and healthy enough to backpack in."
Yardley and fellow Reps. Haze Hunter, R-Cedar City, and Robert A. Slack, R-Washington, said the Park Service should be encouraging more people to see the national park, not restricting access to it. They also support paving and upgrading about 30 miles of existing unimproved roads within the park to open up seven new viewpoints on the canyon rim.