I see Pinnacle Helicopter Tours’ Horseshoe Canyon permit grab as a straight act of greed. The fact is they want to fly noisy two-blade helicopters into a National Park and found the closest loophole to it — a SITLA square that can be leased to the highest bidder.
This is not a location that is inaccessible and requires a helicopter to enter. The everyman already has the ability to visit Horseshoe Canyon, but it takes research, desire and effort to drive in, which keep numbers low and solitude high.
The only people who will be paying huge sums of money for a helicopter ride to visit are the one-percent, at the visual and aural experience of the people like you and me attempting to find some history, beauty, and peace-and-quiet in this over-populated world where phrases like “Dark Sky Parks” exist due to nationwide light pollution.
How obvious is their greed for money over preserving the experience for other visitors? Their own website advertises, “Shut down the helicopter and marvel in the quiet solitude of the Canyon Country.”
So I guess if you are willing to pay $800 a flight you can control the noise for your solitude, but if you drive up you can have your solitude crushed by the wealthy and greedy while listening to a helicopter fly above.
If you have a problem with this greedy and self-absorbed permit application, please call SITLA at 435-259-7417 and ask them to not issue the permit.