The oppositional letter asserts that the lease sale “threatens the core of our tourism economy by locking in long-term oil and gas leases on and around popular recreation areas that are vital to our local economy.”
Between 9 a.m. and noon on Friday and Saturday, May 29 and 30, administrators at Arches National Park prevented vehicle entries into the park after its three main parking lots inside began to fill up. The public’s rush into the park followed two months of closures due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
They will be enforced until rescinded by the superintendent. Park officials feel that the risk to public safety and property within Zion National Park from a human-caused fire is great enough that these restrictions are necessary.
Officials from Cedar Breaks National Monument near Cedar City in southwest Utah said they will reopen facilities such as restrooms and the information center based on federal Opening Up America Again guidelines and in coordination with the state, local public health officials and park partners.
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.
Moab Mayor Emily Niehaus said Wednesday, May 6 that she would send a letter to the National Park Service to support a planned reopening date for Arches and Canyonlands national parks of May 29, an effort to continue “moving forward with our new normal...