ZION NATIONAL PARK – The main entrance to the Zion Narrows trail of Zion National Park is now permanently protected from development after an easement was purchased by the non-profit group Trust for Public Land.
Zion Narrows is a 17-mile trail that attracts people from all over the world. Park numbers show roughly 4,000 people hike the trail annually.
While one end is located in the national park, the top of the trail is only accessible through a private property, known as the Chamberlain Ranch. Park directors said hikers have been able to cross through the land without problem for years, but that assurance was never a done deal.
“There is a landowner that I know of that was concerned about people going through his area,” said Zion National Park Superintendent Jock Whitworth. “It was never blocked or closed, but it easily could be.”