USFS Utah Avalanche Center volunteers Armin Howell, Steve Evers and Chris Benson installed an avalanche beacon training park at the Geyser Pass trailhead over the weekend. Winter backcountry users are encouraged to use it to practice their avalanche rescue skills.
An increase in tourism to Cedar Mesa in Bears Ears National Monument has taken a toll on the cultural resources in the area, according to the Bureau of Land Management, which will double fees to hikers and campers Jan. 1.
The Grand County Council on Tuesday voted 5-0 to approve an ordinance that designates one-way travel on Fins and Things 4×4 Trail at the Sand Flats Recreation Area – and daylight use only for a portion of the trail
Local off-road groups and businesses teamed up with the Bureau of Land Management’s Moab Field Office to help remediate the iconic Poison Spider trail.
With the potential to allow off-highway vehicles into Arches and Canyonlands national parks in the rearview mirror for the moment, the Grand County Council and Trail Mix Committee have set their sights on e-bikers riding on non-motorized single-track trails.
The top runners in the nation, as well as more than 2,700 recreational trail runners, will compete in the USA Trail Marathon Championships in Moab Nov. 2-3, according to an email from Danelle Ballengee, a renowned runner from Moab who designed the course.
They’re already allowed in national parks as of Oct. 1, and now the Department of the Interior has announced its guidance to allow the use of low-speed electric bicycles at national wildlife refuges and other DOI-managed public lands where traditional biking occurs, expanding recreational opportunities and access to millions of Americans, according to a statement from the DOI.
The SheJumps Girls Biking Clinic at the Moab Ho Down will start and end at the Chile Pepper Bike Shop with transportation to the Bar M Trails Sunday, Oct. 27.
It is not an idea embraced by all, but electric bicycles – AKA e-bikes – are now allowed “where traditional bicycles are allowed” at all national parks and monuments as of Tuesday, Oct. 1 – and that will be followed by allowing ATVs and UTVs at the same parks and monuments effective Nov. 1.
The National Park Service will temporarily close the Windows Road at Arches National Park on Oct. 1 for construction work.
Scores of people attended a pancake breakfast to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Slickrock Bike Trail at Sand Flats Recreation Area Saturday, Sept. 14. Later in the day, yet more attended the premiere of the documentary film “50 Years of Slickrock” at Star Hall. The film can be viewed at discovermoab.com
The Times-Independent republished this week an article originally printed in 2003 about Sand Flats Recreation Area. The article is available here.