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Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by ratagonia, Jun 27, 2016.
Here is the 2016 Zion NP Compendium, which has all the miscellaneous rules and regulations. FYI
E-bikes are wildly controversial nowadays, been plenty of drama in Salt Lake with them on trails already. Interesting to see such a strongly worded ban in Zion. Maybe I should post that to the mtb forums and watch them implode.
Going to have to get pretty sneaky with where the batteries are stored...
I wish they would open the Canyon Drive to them; would make AL and OP runs much for feasible.
'The entire Kolob Canyon drainage is closed when the North Fork of the Virgin River is flowing in excess of....'
The "Entire Kolob Canyon drainage'? Hmm...who wrote these? I'm wondering if they do realize that half the drainage isn't even in the park. IMO, this is arbitrary bureaucratic nonsense and designed to limit legal and safe public access.
'Oak Creek to MIA Route: 10 cfs'
First of all, the park doesn't have a full-time hydrologist and relies on the WCWCD to tell them stream flow. Second, I had been up the MIA 7 times(before June) and the flow was much more than 10 cfs (in the 40's in early may and the teens in late may). This area isn't even in the park!! Besides, you can't verify the flow without actually sending the (WCWCD) hydrologist down there! Just silly.
Regular bikes work great for that - can be faster than the shuttle on the up, easily faster on the down.
(a)(1) (ix) All travel up Hidden Canyon from 1/4 mile above small arch where posted, is prohibited.
Justification: This restriction is in place to protect critical breeding habitat for the spotted Owl from the increasing number of day hikers exploring the area. This area is intended to remain open as a canyoneering route regulated and monitored through the current permit system.
Note: This is news to me.
§1.6 Activities Requiring a Permit
(f) The following activities, enumerated by individual sections, are a compilation of those activities which require a permit issued by the wilderness permits office or other administrative personnel, subject to cost recovery charges and/or additional requirements as applicable. See listed section for specific terms and conditions associated with the specified activity
§1.5(d) The following activities related to Public Use Limits and required Permits
Narrow Canyon Day Hike Travel that requires a permit
- Any through day hike of any tributary of the North Fork of the Virgin River, regardless of direction of travel.
- Any hike along any portion of the Subway route from the Northgate Peaks Trail to the Left Fork Trailhead, regardless of direction of travel, to include all portions of the Left Fork of North Creek drainage between Russell Gulch and the Left Fork Trailhead exit trail.
- Any activity within any canyon in the park which normally involves the use of rope, webbing, or other device for descent or ascent including but limited to canyoneering, ice climbing, and rock climbing.
- All travel above Big Spring in the North Fork of the Virgin River and direction of travel must be downstream.
Justification: Due to the unique and often-times pristine quality of Zion’s narrow canyons, resource impacts must be carefully monitored and managed. Permits provide a means to assess the amount of use a particular canyon is receiving and manage visitor use in specific canyons. Permits are an effective management tool to achieve the desired conditions outlined in the Wilderness Management plan. A permit allows a group to travel through the canyon one time. An additional permit is required for an additional trip.
Note: Nowhere in the Justification is visitor safety mentioned. In the absence of any clear public statement on the subject from the Park, visitors are left to fill in the blanks, often with wrong assumptions about safety. This info void helps create a false expectation in visitors' minds that the Park is systematically "watching out" for them, keeping track of their movements, actual entry and exit times, etc. when this is not necessarily the case. Over time, clarification on the priorities of the permit system could help foster a more self-reliant visitor mindset.
4.21 Speed Limits (b) The speed limit on all park roads is 35 mph unless otherwise posted. Justification: Due to the character of park roads, 35 mph is the maximum speed limit, unless otherwise posted or when conditions for safe travel dictate less.
Except in the tunnel at night. Then, the speed limit is 85 mph.
True, provided you are simultaneously and continuously honking your horn.
Do the periodic-head-lights-off check to see if anyone's comin.