Friday, May 29, 2020


Moab, UT

63.4 F

    Bring back hiking etiquette

    Featured Stories

    Arches, Canyonlands to reopen May 29

    Arches and Canyonlands national parks will partially reopen to the public at the end of the month, according to a spokesperson for the parks, following guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and state and local public health authorities.

    County to diversify post-virus

    The impacts of the pandemic have renewed local leaders’ focus on a topic many have worried over for years but must now confront in much starker terms: Economic diversification.

    The party is over at Imagination Station art supply store

    Cindy Sue Hunter serves a customer at her art supply store, Imagination Station, which has been reconfigured to allow shoppers to do what Hunter calls “door shopping."
    Public submissions to The Times-Independent can range from press releases to obituaries to feature stories and news. All submissions are subject to editorial review and approval.
    corona arch
    Corona Arch is an iconic sight in the Moab area. Photograph courtesy of Ben Godwin/Wikimedia Commons


    Today my husband and I hiked a favorite trail – Corona Arch. We live in Virginia but try to come to Moab for several days every year. The dust of the red rocks can be washed out of my socks and pants but not my heart. Yet today the hike didn’t quite meet my expectations. In fact it may have fallen off my list.

    We arrived in the parking lot and started up the trail just before two family groups traveling together. They had teens to young children and were all hiking in sneakers and Vans, slipping and sliding on the loose rock but enjoying jumping from rock to rock when that was an option. I was happy to see parents hiking with their children, enjoying being outdoors.

    But what about the rest of us? For much of the three hours in the area I heard yelling. “Ethan! Ethan! Come here! I want to get a picture!” Again and again. And again and again. I heard small groups in various places repeatedly yelling a variety of words including “Echo!” attempting to hear the echoes. And at the arch I waited. And waited. And waited some more for our chance to get that iconic photo under the arch to add to my Christmas letter. What has happened to the quiet appreciation of nature? Muted voices as we stand in awe of what surrounds us? The awareness of others and respect for their rights to share in the experience?

    Please, if you have children, teens, grandchildren, take them on a hike. But teach them to moderate their voices by example. Teach them to smile at the person they pass on the trail. Teach them to take their photos and then look around to see if someone else is respectfully and patiently staying out of their way but waiting for their own opportunity to capture that iconic photo.

    The hike to Corona Arch is not one for those seeking solitude, but it need not feel like you’re in a loud sports arena either. These spaces are for all of us to enjoy, whether you have a son named Ethan like that mom or a grandson named Ethan like I do.

    – Barbara Q. Lifland
    Virginia Beach, Virginia

    Share this!

    - Advertisement -

    Latest News

    Youth spots fire, alerts authorities

    "They (firefighters) figured out where the fire was coming from … it started with a cigarette.”

    Broken bones in Left Hand

    All but one of the injuries involved jumping from rocks into a shallow pool at the base of a waterfall.

    Employment data confirms Grand is among worst hit in state

    The figures confirm earlier estimates that roughly one in five to one in six jobs in Grand County have been lost to COVID-19.

    Widespread testing is key to Moab’s path forward

    Once a person develops symptoms of COVID-19, it has likely already been days since they started unknowingly spreading the virus. As such, local health officials want to expand testing locally for the coronavirus.

    How the Canyonlands Care Center is protecting residents

    Part of expanding coronavirus testing in Moab will involve regularly testing residents at the Canyonlands Care Center. This isn’t just part of...