Skip to comments.Utah: Road closure complicates visits to Zion and other national parksZion National Park
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 parks 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
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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.
Bryce Canyon is one of the most DIFFERENT, beautiful places on earth!!
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.
Thanks for the information.
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.
Please ping all your lists to help us bring this to the attention of America.
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
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.
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.
Mark Levin most certainly knows about the Best Friends Animal Society which is here in Kane County.
Please ping interested parties.
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.
One has to wonder what the voter registration is for the “other” side of the park.
Thanks for the ping!
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?
Who closing the road Utah?
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.
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.
How anchored down are the ROAD CLOSED signs?
I can still remember my first thought about going out on Angel’s landing.
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...
Bryce Canyon is probably the MOST beautiful place I’ve ever seen. That road with the cutouts is amazing!
You are probably right about this!
Thanks for the ping. I’ve been there 3 times (from Michigan) when I was visiting my sister in Vegas. Fabulous scenes. Interesting thread.
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.
All of the routes shown in red effectively bypass the stretch from Long Valley Junction to Fredonia Az.
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 :-(
map didn’t work
Now it works. Funny how that happens.
“’Tronics is the work of the Devil”, as we used to say in the repair business!
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’!
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.