Special Report: Utah's 'Mighty Five' put the squeeze on Moab, Springdale

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  • 10CC Bountiful, UT
    Oct. 7, 2016 7:40 a.m.

    It sounds to me like there are ample opportunities for citizens in those communities who may want to become entrepreneurs. The first law of business is you don't turn away customers.

    Every day I drive to work in Salt Lake City, there are big tour buses parked next to Temple Square, with many Asian tourists. (These tour groups are not staying at cheap motels.)

    I went to Machu Picchu in Peru, there was a vast ecosystem of businesses to host the throngs of tourists, and people from all over the world spending a LOT of money.

    Rather than brace for the onslaught of cars on holiday weekends, why not try to partner with tour companies, who will handle the bookings and help even out the seasonal fluctuations.

    The winter months are perfect for amateur photography, because the sun is low in the sky. There are many photographers - from all over the US, Europe, and Asia, who would love Southern Utah vistas.

    Another hint: Asians and Europeans are less likely to stay home for Christmas.

  • cmsense Kaysville, UT
    Oct. 7, 2016 7:14 a.m.

    Time to act like Anaheim and rack up some tourist taxes.

    Please stop the advertising out of state. Unfortunately with social media etc Utah's gems are no longer very secret.

    Crowded National Parks definitely dampen the experience.

  • environmental idiot Sanpete, UT
    Oct. 6, 2016 8:25 p.m.

    I don't want to see this happen to Bears Ears. I don't have any idea how you can call doing this to the land protecting it.

  • No Monument Monticello, UT
    Oct. 6, 2016 5:42 p.m.

    I sure hope proponents of Bears Ears National Monument are paying attention. San Juan County currently enjoys a nice mix of national park, national monuments, national recreation areas, national forrest, BLM managed lands, primitive areas, state parks, private property, etc. The landscape is pristine, used and enjoyed, but not overused. It is protected by remoteness, ruggedness, and relative obscurity. I think people of all political persuasions want to keep it that way. We should all join together in opposition to a National Monument designation. Some have fallen for the false narrative that NM = Protection. In reality a NM designation will break something in attempt to fix that which is not broken. The biggest threat to the public lands by far is PEOPLE attracted by a recreation/tourist economy fueled by NM designation.

  • wasatchcascade ,
    Oct. 6, 2016 5:30 p.m.

    Expansive article. Some clarification to posters. Moab proper and Springdale/Rockville never were or are targets for "natural resource" development, aside from decade old uranium prospects that were near or on the edges of towns. Hotels, Motels, eateries: There are property owners, and/or building owners and then the local or national "branding" entity that tags itself to the business. Each pays local property tax (to the county) and state sales and transient room tax to the state (some of which is re-allocated to counties. Visitors to these locales; a high majority come from Utah and Colorado and NOT from back east. Tour busses, at least to Zion, come from Las Vegas and often feature International visitors. The article didn't mention the fact that politicians decades ago objected to the designations of Arches and Canyonlands. Alternative public busing in Arches, is needed soon, Congress should fund it.

  • 1utah_man! Salt Lake City, UT
    Oct. 6, 2016 4:56 p.m.

    Wow. Sounds like Utah should really get their hands on all that Federal land. A lot of drilling and mining for fossil fuels will pollute the air and drive all those pesky tourists away. Who needs clean tourism dollars anyway?

  • Hope & Faith give us strength Utah County, UT
    Oct. 6, 2016 4:08 p.m.

    Utah needs to get smart!

    I don't mind if it's a big company. A job is a job. Whether you work for McDonalds or a local diner isn't that relevant to me. What truly matters is what companies we're throwing money at. For instance, I'd rather support Exxon Mobile, Chick-Fil-A, Cracker Barrel, and Walmart. I avoid Chevron, McDonalds, Netflix, etc. Some companies promote fake rights. A minority defend the real ones. It's as simple as that. If any of us want to be free in 10 years (if we even have that long) then we need to start putting our money where our mouth is. And if tourism in Utah is going to help Chick-Fil-A instead of McDonalds, even better.

    You heard me loud and clear. Promote Moab. Just don't promote a liberal Moab. ;)

  • Ernest T. Bass Bountiful, UT
    Oct. 6, 2016 3:36 p.m.

    So why is anyone opposed to Bear's Ears Monument? Four Corners is a ghost town, it may never be as busy as Moab or Springdale but people will come and they will spend money while there.
    @Me, Myself and I: how do you know who owns the hotels and resturants? I know one guy in Moab owns most of the hotels rooms in that town. As for them being seasonal, sure but what is a better option? Take away the tourism and neither town has any income.

  • Johnny Triumph American Fork, UT
    Oct. 6, 2016 3:36 p.m.

    Nearly bought a home in Moab in 2008...guess I should have :)

  • Mig welder Huntington, UT
    Oct. 6, 2016 3:11 p.m.

    Well if your goal is to wait tables, be a gas station clerk, or make somebody's bed then tourism is awesome. If you want to a job that will provide a living for you and your family then invest in natural resources in rural Utah.
    Silly me, don't I know by now that rural Utah is just a private play ground for everyone else?

  • Me, Myself and I The Promised Land, UT
    Oct. 6, 2016 2:57 p.m.

    This story is very misleading. Most hotels and dining establishments in these towns are owned by big companies and while they do pay taxes to local municipalities that tax revenue is seasonal. Lower taxes don't offset the increased expenses for everyday purchases like food and fuel which hinder prosperity of full time residents, not help.

  • NoNamesAccepted St. George, UT
    Oct. 6, 2016 2:30 p.m.

    We have some truly spectacular areas in Utah that we need to protect. Turns out Utah does a good job at that.

    We also need to realize that tourism-related service-industry jobs do not provide for a vibrant economy or decent standard of living. While we protect our spectacular areas we need to develop our natural resources as well.

    Utah needs to be more than just a photo-op for East Coast residents. Rural Utah needs to be more than just a recreational area for urban residents.