Illegal campsite with 150 lbs. of waste found in Arches National Park

Park Remarks is a weekly column by our National Parks Reporter K. Sophie Will.

Park Remarks is a weekly column by our National Parks Reporter K. Sophie Will.

It’s December, and if you’m not ready for vacation yet, Utah National Parks are for sure.

As parks move into winter, opening hours change, as do the facilities offered. There are also closures and permit changes, so be sure to check the park’s website to know before you go.

Here is the latest two weeks of news in Utah National Park:

In the news:

First: The bus to Zion National Park is closed for the season as the park approaches a record 5 million visitors

Zion National Park has officially parked their shuttles for the season last weekend, but will reopen for Christmas and New Year.

Second: Man killed in Zion National Park canyoneering incident over Emerald Pools, two rescued

A Sunday search and rescue in Zion resulted in a death in Heaps Canyon while two canyoners were rescued.

Third: Meet the newly elected mayors of Utah National Park sports cities

The spectrum spoke with the newly elected mayors of the gateway cities of Moab, Springdale and Torrey to learn more about them and assess their views on the current problems facing their national park.

Fourth: Self-propelled shuttle buses in national parks? Public areas seem to enhance the visitor experience

Last month, Interior Minister Deb Haaland and Transport Minister Pete Buttigieg said they would “test some of the latest and most innovative travel technologies in public areas and improve visitors’ tourism experience.”

Inbox:

The Utah Task Force of Missing and Murdered Native Women and Girls met on November 20 to listen to the stories of those affected by the epidemic. The full recording of the session is on Utah Legislature website.

More: Utah activists, leader discusses missing and murdered indigenous peoples on the annual Memorial Day

That same week, Charles F. “Chuck” Sams III was confirmed as director of the National Park Service and is the first Native American to occupy the office. The post has been vacant since the Obama administration.

Also, Home Secretary Deb Haaland on Friday formally declared “squaw” a derogatory term during last month’s Tribal Nations Summit for Native American Heritage Month. Removal of the word was also considered in this year’s Utah Legislative Session.

More: Bill to Change Offensively Named Places Progress in Utah Legislature, Paiutes in Support

Garfield County held its first “Best of Garfield County” awards by “highlighting local businesses serving Bryce Canyon Country.” The winners were announced on Bryce Canyon Country’s Twitter and in a press release.

The Ute Indian Tribe of the Uintah and Ouray Reservation in northern Utah entered into a Tribal Historic Preservation agreement with the Department of the Interior last month, shifting some conservation responsibilities to the tribe.

Glen Canyon National Recreation Area and Lake Powell are holding a “Brown Trout Bonanza” to control fish stocks from Wednesday until the end of January, where they will award cash prizes up to $ 500 for the largest and most caught trout plus bonuses.

Social Media:

Rangers in Arches National Park found an illegal camp full of 150 pounds of rubbish in mid-November and asked applicants for the seasonal backcountry ranger team to help with this and other tasks in the park.

Bryce Canyon National Park announced new changes to campground reservations, overseas permits and dumping station fees last weekend, so check out the park’s website before making plans!

Capitol Reef National Park posted an educational excerpt about their unique Waterpocket Fold.

Canyonlands National Park wrote about the desert plants that grow in the park that ancient Indians used to eat.

Zion wrote about the Pipe Spring National Monument, about 60 miles away from the park, and its rich history.

City meetings:

No local governments have discussed issues of public land in the last two weeks.

The upcoming city meetings for the next two weeks are:

  • St. George City Council will meet on December 2 at 17.00

  • Bryce Canyon City Council will meet Dec. 7 at 7 p.m. 10.00

  • The San Juan County Commission will meet Dec. 7 at 7 p.m. 11.00

  • The Grand County and Washington County Commissions will meet on December 7 at 16.00

  • Springdale City Council will meet Dec. 8 at 17.00

  • Rockville Town Council meets on December 8 at. 18.00

  • Tropic Town Council meets on December 9 at. 18.00

  • Torrey City Council will meet on December 9 at 18.30

  • The Iron County Commission meets Dec. 13 at 9.00

  • The Garfield County Commission meets Dec. 13 at 10.00

  • The Kane County Commission will meet on December 14 at 10.00

  • The Washington County Commission will meet on Dec. 14 at 13.30

  • Moab City Council will meet on December 14 at 19.00

Forecast:

According to the National Weather Service, Arches, Canyonlands and Capitol Reef should be clear and in the mid-50s. Bryce Canyon should be in the low 50s and ready. Zion should be in the low 70s and clear.

K. Sophie Will, National Parks Reporter for The Spectrum & Daily News, part of USA Today Network, with Report for America.

K. Sophie Will, National Parks Reporter for The Spectrum & Daily News, part of USA Today Network, with Report for America.

K. Sophie Will is the National Parks Reporter for The Spectrum & Daily News through the Report for America initiative of The GroundTruth Project. Follow her on Twitter at @ksophiewill or email her at kswill@thespectrum.com. Donate to Report for America to support her work here.

This article was originally featured on St. George Spectrum & Daily News: Park Remarks: Utah National Parks is transitioning to seasonal activities

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