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  1. hank moon

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    News Release
    Cedar City Field Office, Utah
    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Christian Venhuizen, (435) 994-9353

    March 29, 2017

    Maintenance of Kanarraville water system closes portion of Spring Creek Canyon WSA

    KANARRAVILLE, Utah – Maintenance to the town of Kanarraville’s water system will close the hiking trail to Kanarraville Falls through the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) Spring Creek Canyon Wilderness Study Area (WSA) to ensure public safety from April 3-6.

    The town of Kanarraville maintains a right-of-way for the pipeline that supplies drinking water to the community.

    Erosion from weather and from hikers exposed the pipeline along the trail and falling rocks pose a hazard to other sections of the pipeline. The town agreed to close the trail that begins on property maintained by Kanarraville and the Iron County Sheriff’s Office will enforce the closure.

    Work on the pipeline will require some equipment to move through the creek in the WSA. Staff from the BLM’s Cedar City Field Office will monitor the work to help protect natural resources.

    Kanarraville established the right-of-way for the pipeline with the BLM in 1969. In 1991, the town requested to move the pipeline as it made repairs, which resulted in an environmental assessment and approval by the BLM.

    Spring Creek Canyon WSA includes a portion of the Hurricane Cliffs, an impressive west-facing escarpment that extends from north of Cedar City into northwestern Arizona. Two major canyons, Kanarra and Spring Creek, bisect the WSA with elevations ranging from 5,600 feet at the base of the cliffs to almost 7,900 feet on the ridge tops. Vegetation consists primarily of juniper, scrub oak, shrubs and grasses; however, along the riparian zone, sedges, rushes, cottonwoods and willows are prevalent.

    The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land, the most of any Federal agency. This land, known as the National System of Public Lands, is primarily located in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. The BLM's mission is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of America’s public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations. In Fiscal Year 2015, the BLM generated $4.1 billion in receipts from activities occurring on public lands.

    -BLM-

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  2. Jolly Green

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    Closed over Spring Break. Probably not a coincidence. I wonder if they will have the sign before or after you put your parking money in that non-retrievable tube.
  3. hank moon

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    Zion National Park News Release
    March 28th 2017
    For Immediate Release
    John Marciano (435)-703-3826

    Morning Traffic Delays Entering Park from Springdale, April 4 and 5, 2017

    South Entrance Lanes into Park Closed for 15 Minute Intervals for Archaeology Work

    SPRINGDALE, UT – Lanes entering Zion National Park’s South Entrance will be closed for 15 minute intervals 7:00 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. on Tuesday April 4, and Wednesday April 5, 2017. In preparation of moving the South Entrance Monument, in order to accommodate more entrance lanes, Park archaeologists will be 3D laser scanning the Monument.

    Laser Scanning is a fairly new technology to the Park. Last year, Zion archaeologists scanned the inside of the Zion Mount Carmel Highway Tunnel as part of a restoration project. The data can be used to assess current resource conditions, create detailed 3D models, and potentially help park maintenance repair historic resources with exacting precision.

    Archaeologists are currently embarking on a project to laser scan the Park’s most prominent trails, bridges, buildings, campgrounds and cultural sites. There will be similar trail and road closures throughout the year as the crews scan additional areas around the Park.

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    What are the implications of this BLM purchase, regarding visiting the slot canyon in the future? I have been there twice in the past when I have visited Utah (reside in TX), and I really think it is a fantastically cool slot canyon. I have always feared, however, that it would be overrun with visitors, who by sheer volume would not tread lightly. And I could well understand the concern of Kanarraville itself, since this spring provided water for the community.

    Though I haven't been there in about four years or so, the two times I went I parked near the town hall and didn't pay a dime, but had a longer approach hike. (no paved parking lot existed on my earlier visit, but the pay-to-park was in existence on the second visit).
  6. ratagonia

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    There is a contact number on that Press Release. The BLM is likely the people who have an idea what is on the table for access. Yes, it is likely to become more popular. Let us know what you find out.

    Tom
  7. hank moon

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    Springdale Design Update

    Project Overview:


    Construction is currently scheduled to occur from October 2017 to April 2018, during the lowest Zion National Park visitation timeframe. This is an extremely aggressive schedule and crews will need to work 24 hours a day to complete the project in the time allowed. This means there will be regular nighttime work through the entire duration of the project. With night work there will also likely be noise, dust, light and vibrations in the areas impacted by construction.

    Traffic will be restricted to one lane with one-way flagging in a one-mile segment, with one additional lane closure area allowed. Traffic delays of up to 25 minutes are expected. Business access, driveways and side streets will be impacted by reconstruction and traffic queuing.

    Project Impacts to Trees & Ditches:

    We know that Springdale has many features that make it unique, including the historic irrigation ditches and the tree-lined streets. During the design phase, the project team considered how to best preserve these local features where possible while providing a safe and improved roadway for the public.

    Ditches
    While the irrigation ditches through town are a beautiful historic feature, they also present many safety issues for pedestrians walking through town. The project team met with the Springdale Town and the Historic Preservation Committee in March 2016 to discuss this issue. Based on this discussion, it was determined that the majority of the ditches through town will be removed but a small section will be left untouched as shown on this map. Additionally, memorial pavers or stamped colored concrete will be placed where ditches are removed.

    Trees
    Since 2009, Springdale Town has been a designated Tree City USA Community. In recognition of this, the SR-9 project team modified the roadway design to preserve as many trees as possible along the corridor. The final design requires the least number of trees be removed as possible, and only in areas where the roadway could not be shifted to accommodate them. This map shows the locations of the twelve trees that will be removed. All other trees along the corridor will be preserved!

    Because UDOT is utilizing all of its' existing property to provide a better roadway and additional improvements like bicycle lanes and wider sidewalks, the project is unable to replace or plant new trees along the roadway.

    Have Questions About the Project?

    Join us June 7 at the Canyon Community Center from 2-5 p.m.


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    This year, UDOT and the Town of Springdale are partnering with the Springdale Public Library's Kids Summer Reading Program "Build a Better World!"


    At 2:00 p.m. Wednesday, June 7, Springdale Public Works and UDOT Team Members will talk about the SR-9 Renewed project and work zone safety at this fun event for all ages! Come check out some construction equipment and learn more about the project.

    Don't have kids? That's ok. We'll have an information booth at the Canyon Community Center from 2:00 to 5:00 p.m. to answer any questions you might have about the SR-9 Renewed project. Come learn more about the project, anticipated impacts and what you can do to prepare for the project now.

    Contact Us:

    If you have questions, the project communications team is here to help! Feel free to contact us at the hotline or email below.



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    But Wait! There's More!

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    We were supposed to be able to drive 40 MPH through Springdale??? Don't believe I ever got above 15!

    I bet it's those dang kids going to the library that's mucking up the traffic!
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    Seriously. They might as well lower all of SR-9 to 35, all the way to Hurricane. It would be more realistic and probably less frustrating.
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  13. hank moon

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    Zion National Park News Release

    Nov 1, 2017
    For Immediate Release
    John Marciano (435) 772-7848; john_b_marciano@nps.gov

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    Waste Removal Operation Will Close Angels Landing Trail And Scout’s Lookout For Two Half Days In November.

    SPRINGDALE, UT – The Zion Trail Crew and Fire Management staff, will be removing waste from the evaporative toilets at Scout’s Lookout on two different days in November. The first half day closure will take place on Monday November 6, 2017 from 7 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., then again on Thursday November 9, 2017 from 7 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. The operation to remove the waste requires the use of a helicopter, so safety precautions in the form of trail and road closures will be in effect.

    On both days of the operation, Angels Landing, and the West Rim Trail will be closed between the West Rim / Kayenta Trail junction, and the Patio, just above Scout’s Lookout. Flaggers will be stationed on the Scenic Drive, in the area of Big Bend, for periodic road closures during fly overs. All traffic, including shuttle buses will be delayed during the two days of operations.

    Recommended alternative hikes during this closure period, are Hidden Canyon and Observation Point Trails, which can be accessed from shuttle bus stop 7, Weeping Rock.

    -NPS-
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    Letter from Aly Baltrus, plus park shutdown info (Zion info at bottom)

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    Good evening!

    I wanted to give you the latest update on Zion. Unfortunately, as I am sure you know, with the government shutdown, we are operating under a limited access/ partial closure status.

    Understand that for us, this is heartbreaking. Hopefully a budget will be passed shortly. Most of the staff has been furloughed, and we had to suspend all NPS- provided visitor services.

    We are trying to make the park as accessible as possible, without creating additional safety issues or resource damage. Roads and trails normally open are still open for use, subject to weather conditions or other safety concerns. For example, Kolob Canyons Road is currently closed due to today's snow storm. And I am sure Kolob Terrace is only accessible by 4 wheel drive.

    We are staffing the tunnel 8:00 am to 4:30 pm, but the visitor centers and restroom buildings are closed and we have no trash collection. If you talk to visitors planning a trip into Zion, please ask them to pack out what they pack in. I think it is also important to recognize that emergency services may not be able to react as fast as usual. Please help us get the word out to visitors to be extremely cautious with the icy conditions. Safety really is their responsibility.

    Additional info on what is accessible is attached below- please understand that conditions may change in the future. We will try to keep you updated.

    Thanks for your understanding and support. Let me know if you have any specific questions. I am not working everyday, but I will get back to you as soon as possible.

    Thanks,
    Aly
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    Aly Baltrus

    Chief of Interpretation and Visitor Services
    Zion National Park
    435-703-3836

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    Information for all Parks

    Park Fees:

    Some parks may utilize iron rangers to collect regular fees at park entrances. Please show respect for the parks you visit during the shutdown by paying the requested fees where possible.


    Existing Camping and Backcountry Permits:

    Camping and backcountry permits for the first 1–2 days of the shutdown will be honored. Permits may NOT be honored if road conditions to the campsite become inaccessible due to snow or other factors, including maintenance and custodial issues such as trash collection or access to vault toilets. These events may require park managers to make changes for human health, safety or resource protection.


    Winter Conditions:

    A winter snowstorm is expected across Utah this weekend — January 20–21 — and snow removal services in the parks will be limited, which may cause unexpected road closures. Visitors should be aware that hazardous winter conditions will exist on unplowed roads and trails throughout the park. Use caution and check the weather reports.


    Current Information:

    Parks, monuments and forests will not be able to update their websites or social media channels with weather conditions, closures and other critical safety information. Visitors are advised to exercise extreme caution when visiting these areas and inquire locally whenever possible for current conditions. As it becomes available, the Utah Office of Tourism will post news and conditions at visitutah.com/shutdown.



    Bryce Canyon National Park
    The primary gate to Bryce Canyon National Park will remain open.


    Facilities:

    • Visitor Center: Closed, subject to investment by the Bryce Canyon Natural History Association.
    Road Conditions:

    • Snow plows will only operate on roads to employee housing and to provide emergency/fire access. This will also allow visitors to access as far as Sunrise Point.

    • Rainbow Gate: Closed to the public

    • Additional Access: S.R. 12, the All-American Road: Scenic Byway 12 will remain open and will be plowed for visitors.
    Winter Storm Warning:

    • A winter storm is expected to deliver significant snowfall at Bryce Canyon this weekend. Visitors should be aware that hazardous winter conditions will exist on unplowed roads and trails throughout the park.
    Capitol Reef National Park
    Visitor Center: Closed

    Trails: Trailheads along S.R. 24, the Capitol Reef Country Scenic Byway will remain open

    Capitol Reef Scenic Drive: Open

    Current Conditions: Winter driving conditions could dictate closure of spur roads within the park.


    Cedar Breaks National Monument
    Visitors to Cedar Breaks National Monument in winter should expect a wilderness experience. At 10,000 feet above sea level, the road officially closed earlier this year. The park is open to snowmobiling, snowshoeing and cross-country skiing.


    Visitor Center: Closed in Winter

    Winter Yurt: Closed


    Lake Powell/Glen Canyon National Recreation Area
    Glen Canyon National Recreation Area intends to stay as open and functional as possible.


    Facilities:

    • Aramark: Open (lodge, houseboat rental, restaurant)

    • Antelope Point Marina: Check for status, may remain open

    • Carl Hayden Visitor Center: Closed

    • Lone Rock Campground: Open, but if trash and maintenance becomes an issue, they will close services


    Services:

    • Pump-outs for houseboats may be closed.
    Pipe Spring National Monument
    • All facilities closed

    Zion National Park


    Facilities:

    • Zion Canyon Visitor Center, Kolob Canyons Visitor Center and Human History Museum: Closed

    • Zion Lodge: Open

    • Restrooms: Closed

    • Campgrounds: Watchman campground will remain open in the short term, but will close Sunday.

    Road Conditions:

    • Most roads will be open, weather permitting.

    • The Zion-Mt. Carmel Highway may close temporarily for plowing and sanding.

    • The Zion-Mt. Carmel Tunnel will be open to large vehicles (11’4” tall or taller, or 7’10” wide or wider) 8:00 am to 4:00 pm only. Vehicles over 13’1” tall and commercial vehicles prohibited.

    • Zion Canyon Scenic Drive will be open. Weather conditions may cause the road to be closed above Zion Canyon Lodge. Traffic congestion may also cause the road to be closed if it impedes emergency response vehicles.

    • Kolob Canyon Road closed by today’s snowstorm – will remain closed until further notice.

    • Kolob Terrace has been closed at higher elevations from snow for several weeks, currently snowing.

    Other:

    • Trails will open as usual, unless there are health and safety concerns in a particular area. Falling ice and slippery conditions are common during the winter. Visitors need to be responsible for their own safety. Traction devices are recommended on most trails.
  15. Rapterman

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    The parks are OPEN
    But the toilets are CLOSED
    Guess we have joined the third world now...
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    https://zionpermits.nps.gov/

    Kolob Canyons road and trailhead access will be closed to all access beginning 4/1/18 until the fall of 2018. Access will be limited to hiker drop off and pick up only for the Lee Pass trailhead from 3/15-3/31/18. Those planning trips involving this area will need to plan accordingly.
    Screenshot 2018-01-28 08.55.01.

    Note: this closure affects the Kolob Canyons section of the park, not the Kolob Terrace Road.
    Last edited: Jan 28, 2018
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    2018 President's Day Weekend - news release.FINAL

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    Springdale, UT, February 9, 2018: Thousands of Zion National Park visitors are expected over the President’s Day Weekend beginning February 16, 2018. The Town of Springdale, Zion National Park and Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT) are asking those with flexible plans to consider visiting the park at a less crowded time. “Limited parking and roadway congestion are always issues in Zion Canyon during holiday weekends, and President’s Day weekend is no exception” said Springdale Mayor Stanley J. Smith. “If visitors are coming to Zion for the holiday, we want them to understand the situation before they arrive” Smith added.

    See pdf for more info

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  19. Yellow Dart

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    So south we go, to do slots in Swaney-ville.
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    Zion National Park News Release

    March 8, 2018
    For Immediate Release
    John Marciano (435)-772-7848; john_b_marciano@nps.gov

    Busy Week Anticipated at Zion National Park March 10-17

    Spring Break Begins

    Springdale, UT
    - Spring Break begins for many colleges and universities this week, which means higher than normal crowds are expected in Zion. Park staff are anticipating conditions similar to last year’s Spring Break crowds, where parking inside the Park can fill up by10:00 a.m., and shuttle bus lines at the Visitor Center can be as long as 45 minute wait times.

    Road and side walk construction continues in the town of Springdale, which means traffic congestion, and fewer parking options. The Park will provide a modified in-town shuttle service to help with getting Springdale visitors to the Park. The in-town shuttle service will begin pick up service at 8:10 a.m. at the corner of Lion Blvd and Winderland Ln (next to town hall), then continue on Winderland Ln, which loops back to SR 9 (Zion Blvd). The shuttle will then turn Left at SR 9, heading north toward the Park, and resume the normal stops back to Zion Canyon Village where visitors can access the pedestrian entrance into the Park. This modified service will run every 15 to 20 minutes with the last shuttle leaving Zion Canyon Village back to town departing at 9:00 p.m. Park Superintendent, Jeff Bradybaugh asks that “all visitors coming to the Park this week have extra patience and vigilance, especially for the safety of others in town while construction continues along the roadways.”

    The Zion Visitor Center will be open from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. daily beginning Saturday March 10, 2018. The Zion Human History Museum will be open from noon to 4:00 p.m. with ranger led patio talks at 2:00 p.m. on the weekends, and at 1:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. on week days. The Park shuttle service will begin service at the Visitor Center at 7:00 a.m. heading up canyon, with the last shuttle leaving the Temple of Sinawava (stop 9) at 8:15 p.m. heading back to the Visitor Center. Please visit the Park website at www.nps.gov/zion) for more details regarding Park facilities, trails and help planning your trip to Zion.

    -NPS-

    About the National Park Service. More than 20,000 National Park Service employees care for America's 413 national park sites. Visit us at www.nps.gov/zion, on Facebook www.facebook.com/zionnps, Flicker www.flickr.com/zionnps, Instagram www.instagram.com/zionnps, Twitter www.twitter.com/zionnps, and YouTube www.youtube.com/npszion.
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