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Utah: Road closure complicates visits to Zion and other national parksZion National Park
The Los Angeles Times ^ | 6/08/2010 | Benoit Lebourgeois

Posted on 06/08/2010 4:10:13 PM PDT by Utah Binger

Visitors to Zion National Park in Utah will want to adjust their arrival and departure times to avoid the closure of Utah Highway 9 this summer from the park’s east entrance to its junction with the Zion Canyon Scenic Drive.

The reconstruction of a 9½-mile section will close the road and tunnel through the Checkerboard Mesa and some other areas from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays. Controlled traffic will be allowed before 9 a.m. and after 4 p.m. and on Saturdays and Sundays, the park said

(Excerpt) Read more at travel.latimes.com ...


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society; US: Utah
KEYWORDS: kanecounty; maynarddixon; thunderbird; tourism
In addition to the city of Kanab, the businesses of Long valley in Mount Carmel, Orderville, Glendale and Alton will all have serious impact as tourism is their only industry.

The Maynard Dixon Living History Museum depends on travelers from throughout the west in order to meet their budget. With this loss of potential revenue small business in the area will certainly fail.

1 posted on 06/08/2010 4:10:13 PM PDT by Utah Binger
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To: Utah Binger

Bryce Canyon is one of the most DIFFERENT, beautiful places on earth!!


2 posted on 06/08/2010 4:13:42 PM PDT by Ann Archy
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To: Ann Archy

Glad I saw Bryce and Zion National Parks back in 1971. No waiting.

Yes, Bryce is incredibly beautiful. Full of red/orange water and wind eroded sandstone formations. You can walk among them. Take lots of photos.


3 posted on 06/08/2010 4:16:28 PM PDT by MadMax, the Grinning Reaper
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To: Utah Binger

Thanks for the information.


4 posted on 06/08/2010 4:17:09 PM PDT by Saundra Duffy (For victory & freedom!!!)
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To: Elsie; greyfoxx39; Zakeet; Tennessee Nana

The powers that be in Zion National Park are determined to use these tactics to keep all tourism confined to their side of the park and cause business on the east side to fail.

In questioning the decision, representatives of the park always blame someone else.

For the last two days we have had three visits to our business here in Long Valley.

The basis for this road work is based upon the stupid stimulus package in which the park received 6 million to fix roads that do not need fixing.


5 posted on 06/08/2010 4:17:47 PM PDT by Utah Binger (Mount Carmel Utah, 12 Miles East of Mukuntuweap National Monument)
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To: Saundra Duffy

Please ping all your lists to help us bring this to the attention of America.


6 posted on 06/08/2010 4:21:17 PM PDT by Utah Binger (Mount Carmel Utah, 12 Miles East of Mukuntuweap National Monument)
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To: Utah Binger

The main part of Zion is in my view over rated.

For an outstanding vacation, Go to north Zion and I think Rendevou Peak out of St George. You drive to the summit at 11,000 feet. From there it is all down hill through the geological wonderland of Bryce Canyon, Grand Staircase Escalante, Capitol Reef, Canyonlands, Arches, Monument Valley, and finally Grand Canyon.

That trip through the rocks is the grand staircase.

The rocks are the beauty. the geological wonders are the reason

Read your Tony Hillerman first


7 posted on 06/08/2010 4:26:17 PM PDT by bert (K.E. N.P. +12 . Ostracize Democrats. There can be no Democrat friends.)
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To: bert

Thanks bert.

The point of this post unfortunately has to do with government against the little guy. They think they can just close the road coming out of the east side of Zion without consulting an entire county. Please help us little guys fight these Obama idiots.

Please post to your own ping list.


8 posted on 06/08/2010 4:32:16 PM PDT by Utah Binger (Mount Carmel Utah, 12 Miles East of Mukuntuweap National Monument)
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To: Utah Binger

Just got back from those places sat. We luckily missed the construction...though some tourists in the Arches told us we were going to have road closures...then the people in Bryce told us we’d miss it. Beautiful trip, beautiful weather.


9 posted on 06/08/2010 4:45:44 PM PDT by Lets Be Frank
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To: shanover; Shhhh They are watching Us; SilvieWaldorfMD; Sir Hailstone; Sisku Hanne; sissyjane; ...
Please help us here in Utah as we are being put down by the Feds with a closing of the highway from the park.

Mark Levin most certainly knows about the Best Friends Animal Society which is here in Kane County.

Please ping interested parties.

10 posted on 06/08/2010 4:47:57 PM PDT by Utah Binger (Mount Carmel Utah, 12 Miles East of Mukuntuweap National Monument)
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To: bert

We really enjoyed the lower, middle and upper pools hike. Also...into the narrows (though the water was too high to go any further.) Oh..and the weeping rock...the wild flowers were blooming.


11 posted on 06/08/2010 4:48:01 PM PDT by Lets Be Frank
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To: Utah Binger

One has to wonder what the voter registration is for the “other” side of the park.


12 posted on 06/08/2010 5:05:24 PM PDT by greyfoxx39 (Big ears ran as the messiah, but is turning out to be just a plain old mess.)
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To: colorcountry; Colofornian; Elsie; FastCoyote; svcw; Zakeet; SkyPilot; rightazrain; ...

Ping


13 posted on 06/08/2010 5:07:04 PM PDT by greyfoxx39 (Big ears ran as the messiah, but is turning out to be just a plain old mess.)
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To: greyfoxx39

Thanks for the ping!


14 posted on 06/08/2010 5:09:32 PM PDT by leapfrog0202 ("the American presidency is not supposed to be a journey of personal discover" Sarah Palin)
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To: greyfoxx39; Utah Binger; BearRepublic81

Wow. The feds are using stimulus money to ‘accidentally’ shut down the private tourist stops near the park? That’s outrageous! Is there anything that can be done?


15 posted on 06/08/2010 5:36:03 PM PDT by mrreaganaut (Love is all we need. God is love.)
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To: Utah Binger

Who closing the road Utah?


16 posted on 06/08/2010 5:54:43 PM PDT by restornu
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To: mrreaganaut

We are doing everything we can to bring this to national attention. I have had several newspapers here interviewing us in the last two days. My approach will be to make it known that stimulus money is a farce and used only to do phony make work projects.

Aside from the fact that today there has not been any visitors here.


17 posted on 06/08/2010 6:22:54 PM PDT by Utah Binger (Mount Carmel Utah, 12 Miles East of Mukuntuweap National Monument)
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To: restornu

Feds


18 posted on 06/08/2010 6:23:15 PM PDT by Utah Binger (Mount Carmel Utah, 12 Miles East of Mukuntuweap National Monument)
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To: Utah Binger

What you are experiencing is all too common.

Not that this one affected any businesses, but Trail Ridge Road (Rocky Mtn National Park) was closed for ‘maintainance’ over Memorial Day. The most scenic road in the park..........on one of the busiest days.

Just more of Big Governement flipping us the bird.


19 posted on 06/08/2010 6:26:21 PM PDT by Balding_Eagle (Overproduction, one of the top five worries of the American Farmer each and every year..)
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To: Balding_Eagle

How anchored down are the ROAD CLOSED signs?


20 posted on 06/08/2010 6:38:32 PM PDT by Elsie (Heck is where people, who don't believe in Gosh, think they are not going...))
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To: Utah Binger

I can still remember my first thought about going out on Angel’s landing.


21 posted on 06/08/2010 6:41:22 PM PDT by ThomasThomas (I wonder therefore I wander.)
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To: Utah Binger

There seems to be an Government pattern don’t you think?

Where the US is being harmed in $$$ all across the country I like to connect the dots I know there is more than the oil spill which could have been sabotage but more than that is the embargo which is hindering the spread and the phony clean up guys;

I think over the days I have heard other states talk about some FED activity going on and they are being hurt in $$$.

I am sure there is more...


22 posted on 06/08/2010 6:50:55 PM PDT by restornu
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To: Ann Archy

Bryce Canyon is probably the MOST beautiful place I’ve ever seen. That road with the cutouts is amazing!


23 posted on 06/08/2010 9:46:39 PM PDT by Indy Pendance
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To: restornu

You are probably right about this!


24 posted on 06/09/2010 1:38:18 AM PDT by Elsie (Heck is where people, who don't believe in Gosh, think they are not going...))
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To: Utah Binger; All

Thanks for the ping. I’ve been there 3 times (from Michigan) when I was visiting my sister in Vegas. Fabulous scenes. Interesting thread.


25 posted on 06/09/2010 7:17:25 AM PDT by PGalt
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To: mrreaganaut; reaganaut; colorcountry; Elsie; greyfoxx39; Tennessee Nana; T Minus Four
Is there anything that can be done?

I think we need to use the occasion to get more publicity for this region in as much as my screaming with email blasts to all the players in Kane County caused the Salt Lake Tribune and the Southern Utah News to come yesterday for interviews with me and Mrs. Binger. Hopefully our point of view will be made in the national press.

As to the closure the park service is holding firm. I am supposed to hear from Governor Herbert today. All the other politicians have called but they are really lightweights afraid to take on the man. Ever notice how weak, mealy mouthed and (humble) many Mormon bishops are? Politicians are the very same here.

I'm writing an email to Hatch and Matheson today. Might even use an obscenity or two. Doubt anything will come of it.

26 posted on 06/09/2010 7:42:11 AM PDT by Utah Binger (Mount Carmel Utah, 12 Miles East of Mukuntuweap National Monument)
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To: All

All of the routes shown in red effectively bypass the stretch from Long Valley Junction to Fredonia Az.

27 posted on 06/09/2010 7:57:03 AM PDT by Utah Binger (Mount Carmel Utah, 12 Miles East of Mukuntuweap National Monument)
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To: Utah Binger

Oh gosh, glad we saw it Memorial Day weekend before this mess started. Bryce Canyon especially was absolutely beyond words. I’m sorry this is impacting the tourist industry :-(


28 posted on 06/09/2010 8:14:54 AM PDT by T Minus Four (Abortion: one dead, one wounded.)
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To: Utah Binger

map didn’t work


29 posted on 06/09/2010 11:50:48 AM PDT by Elsie (Heck is where people, who don't believe in Gosh, think they are not going...))
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To: Elsie

Now it works. Funny how that happens.

30 posted on 06/09/2010 12:40:26 PM PDT by Utah Binger (Mount Carmel Utah, 12 Miles East of Mukuntuweap National Monument)
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To: Utah Binger

“’Tronics is the work of the Devil”, as we used to say in the repair business!


31 posted on 06/09/2010 3:07:12 PM PDT by Elsie (Heck is where people, who don't believe in Gosh, think they are not going...))
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To: Utah Binger

If they are coming north, from the canyon, they’d probably swing west on 89-389 to get to Zion.

From Vegas going north they would not come out YOUR exit.

Coming south on 12, the LOCALS wouldn’t be hurt much, but those wanting to see ZION would swing west at 14 AGAIN bypassing you!

And this is just the INJURY!!!

Charging $15 buck s to be ‘escorted’ is downright INSULTING!

I hope they have a large TURNAROUND area in the ‘/most visited section of the Park’!


32 posted on 06/09/2010 3:18:35 PM PDT by Elsie (Heck is where people, who don't believe in Gosh, think they are not going...))
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To: Elsie

And make sure you women and daughters are locked in your car as you travel AZ 389 through beautiful downtown Colorado City.

I think the government is persecuting the poor Orderville Mormons once again.


33 posted on 06/09/2010 3:40:53 PM PDT by Utah Binger (Mount Carmel Utah, 12 Miles East of Mukuntuweap National Monument)
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