Court Upholds Vehicle Curbs at Park's Salt Creek Canyon

Published on April 30, 2014 at 12:20PM

A recent court ruling will ensure that motorized vehicle use will continue to be restricted at Salt Creek Canyon in Canyonlands National Park. Stephen Bloch with the Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance says the U.S. 10th Circuit Court of Appeals rejected arguments by San Juan County and the state of Utah that Salt Creek Canyon is a state highway. Bloch says the state and its counties are pursuing more than 20 similar cases, claiming that thousands of miles of dirt trails and cow paths are state highways. He says the state claims it wants the highway designation to allow vehicle use to increase tourism, but adds that vehicle use would also be required for mining and oil and gas development on public lands.