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ORV Use in National Park Creek Bed

Case Overview

Salt Creek, one of the most important streams in Canyonlands National Park, is threatened by San Juan County's R.S. 2477 claim.

Case Updates

May 16, 2014 | Blog Post

Victory for Canyonlands

The Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals has issued a decision that prevents the state of Utah and San Juan County from turning a creek in Canyonlands National Park into a highway for off-roaders.

September 24, 2012 | In the News: The Republic

Federal appeals court hears arguments over Utah highway dispute in Canyonlands National Park

The federal government confirmed that it had the right to close highway access to an ecologically vulnerable streambed in Canyonlands National Park in southeast Utah, rejecting the state’s argument that the stream should be utilized as a road because it was once used to run cattle and supplies to cowboy camps in the 1920s.

Earthjustice attorney Ted Zukoski said in a statement the area is a rare desert gem with a plethora of archaeological sites, including ancient cliff dwellings.

September 19, 2012 | In the News: National Parks Traveler

State of Utah hoping 10th Circuit judges agree a creek in Canyonlands National Park is also a road

The state of Utah is pushing the federal 10th Circuit Court of Appeals to redefine the function of Salt Creek—a vital creekbed that runs through the Canyonlands National Park—claiming that it is a “highway” and should be open to vehicles. Salt Creek supports a rich riparian habitat and an array of birds and other wildlife outside of Colorado’s river corridors.