BLM has released a scoping letter for a proposed change in management for the Paria Canyon-Vermilion Cliffs Wilderness, which includes "The Wave" and other scenic attractions.
The Spectrum a great article discussing the proposed changes:
Below is information provided by BLM.
The BLM is seeking your input on how to address these issues as well as any other issues you may be
aware of related to management of the Paria Canyon-Vermilion Cliffs Wilderness.
Increasing the number of permits available would increase the likelihood of getting a permit, increase the
number of encounters with other visitors on the trail, potentially decrease opportunities for solitude, and
potentially increase impacts to other resources. In other words, permits would be easier to obtain, but
visitors would have to share their experience with many others. The BLM is seeking your input on
whether or not to increase visitor numbers in Coyote Buttes North. Your comments on the following items
will be most useful in assisting decision makers in determining the visitor use allocation for this area, as
well as other actions that may be included in the EA:
Resource Damage - we are looking for ideas to reduce resource damage and maintain solitude,
particularly if daily visitor limits in Coyote Buttes North are increased. Some examples include:
• Determining a number of visitors (between 20 and 96, based upon limits established in the Vermilion Cliffs National Monument Resource Management Plan) appropriate for Coyote Buttes North, considering the large demand for access, while protecting the area's wilderness character;
• Increase visitor numbers on some days, and remain at current levels on other days;
• Stagger times when groups are hiking to provide separation between groups;
• Implement a point system for unsuccessful permit applicants;
• Not allowing dogs in Coyote Buttes North, South, and/or Paria Canyon/Buckskin Gulch;
• Allowing the permit system to serve U.S. military veterans by providing a percentage or set number of permits only to U.S. veterans (including spouse and dependents);
• Requiring human waste to be packed out in Buckskin Gulch, Paria Canyon, Coyote Buttes North and South, and White Pocket;
• Requiring visitors to pack out manure from all types of pack animals;
Safety - examples of ideas to improve safety
• Options for trail signing;
• Installing communications infrastructure;
• Regulating the time ofday visitors can start their hike ( to prevent exposure during the hottest part of the day).
• Additional restroom and parking facilities outside of the wilderness;
• Administrative storage facilities outside of the wilderness;
How You Can Participate: The BLM cordially invites you to participate in the public scoping process for
the proposed change in management of the Paria Canyon-Vermilion Cliffs Wilderness. The public scoping
process is designed to introduce the proposed project to the public and solicit comments on what the BLM
should consider in the analysis. This letter is also to notify you ofthree public meetings that will be held
during the scoping process. These meetings are scheduled for (all meetings are local time):
June 4, 2019: 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Kanab Middle School, 690 S. Cowboy Way, Kanab, Utah.
June 5, 2019: 5:00 p.m. to 8!00 p.m. at the Courtyard by Marriott Page at Lake Powell, 600 Clubhouse Drive, Page, Arizona.
June 6, 2019: 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Dixie Convention Center, 1835 South Convention Center Drive, St. George, Utah.