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BLM Anchoring Roped Activities

January 14
16:57 2015

People who enjoy taking part in rope based activities, such as zip-lining, climbing, and rappelling, are being told they can’t have their fun anymore; at least not for 2 years at Corona Arch and Gemini Bridges in Moab, Utah.

The general public saw an article pertaining to this decision posted online prior to it taking effect and gave their thoughts. The comments displayed the majority of people were opposed to rope based activities in the affected area.
The Bureau of Land Management, in response to the comments, is temporarily restricting all rope based activities which include zip-lining, high-lining, slack-lining, climbing, rappelling, and rope swinging.

The restriction will be in effect for 2 years.

“This temporary restriction provides the BLM with time to continue working with the public to develop appropriate recreation management strategies for these two popular recreation destinations,” said Moab Field Office Manager, Beth Ransel.

The 2 year period is being utilized as a trial period while the BLM figures out if a permanent restriction will be required.

Restricting these types of activities means there would be no danger to hikers below from objects falling from the Arch. This also eliminates the risk of swingers hitting a hiker below and curtails the noise level that is often associated with these kinds of adrenaline-fuelled activities.

Both Corona Arch and Gemini Bridges receive more than 40,000 visitors every year.

The areas are located at the end of popular hiking trails that are iconic destinations for visitors to the Moab area.

For a more detailed description of the affected areas, you can go online and visit

http://www.blm.gov/ut/st/en/fo/moab/recreation.html

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