Deseret News
Letter to the Editor

I am a resident of southern Utah and an avid outdoorsman. My wife and I regularly visit Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument for weekends of hiking, canyoneering and camping. While we have many beautiful national parks in our area, they have become overcrowded. We prefer to flee the crowds at Zion, Bryce and Arches and head for Grand Staircase-Escalante. The monument is one of the few places in Utah — and in the United States — where a person can find world-class attractions within pristine wilderness. Adding a new national park, breaking up the area into three monuments, selling off land and opening up the area to mining or other extractive industries will only create more traffic to the area and destroy the natural beauty and wilderness.

Adolfo Isassi