The popularity of Sand Flats Recreation Area continues to grow – so much so that one of its attractions, the Hell’s Revenge 4X4 trail, drew more tourists to the region last year than any others that are not named Arches National Park.
It cost $20 a day to stay in one of the hundreds of campsites on public lands in Grand County. Grand County Council Member Mary McGann and other public officials want to increase that cost by 4%, or 80 cents, in the form of a Transient Room Tax to help mitigate the impacts all those campers have on the county’s solid waste district, emergency medical services, law enforcement and search and rescue operations.
Moab Brand Trails was the first bike trail listed in a recent Department of the Interior press release regarding National Bike Month.
Marjorie Hahn, in her recent “My View” column, expressed misgivings over the increasingly dominant role of tourism on Moab’s economy (what she calls the “imbalance”). But I think she attributes far too much importance to decisions made or not made by local public officials. As I will try to show, our local economy has responded to certain “megatrends” affecting the entire country and indeed the whole world.
The Office of the Legislative Auditor General in a performance audit of several Utah counties’ use of tourism promotion funding determined that Grand County inappropriately spent Transient Room Tax money on a project at Canyonlands Field Airport that was completed in 2017.
For starters, you have an illegal number of people sitting on our city council. It is supposed to be three people max and you have seven, so anything you pass should be illegal, as well.
I wanted to comment on your March 21 headline article, “Arches Reservation Plan Stalled.” I was just a tourist visiting your area and was disappointed to read this article.
As a former Moabite, I was not too surprised to see that the specter of the Book Cliffs road has reared its ugly head again. And once again it is the Uinta Basin pushing it.
A recently completed study in downtown Moab shows that parking, which residents have said is one of their top issues with the downtown area, is “ample” and that there is even an “excess supply” of it.
A plan by Uintah County to connect Grand and Uintah counties by extending the Seep Ridge Road – also known as the Book Cliffs Highway – was met with a friendly but lukewarm response during a discussion Tuesday.