Amidst the arguments over the bureaucracy and red tape that would come with a national monument designation of the Bears Ears area of Utah, everyone seems to agree on one thing: that the land needs to be preserved and protected somehow.
This move is probably not going to endear Vail Resorts to locals in Park City, regardless of efforts to "safeguard businesses and use advertising" to help people tell the difference between the resort and city.
Utah's ski resorts represent how different resorts and attractions working together towards a common goal can lead to big pay-offs for a state's tourism economy.
Tourism in Utah is growing across all sectors, but it's also changing in terms of more Chinese visitors, less snow, and increasing challenges in the national parks to meet demand.
Utah is addressing a problem many destinations have -- how do you get tourists to explore less popular but worthy attractions. For New York City it is Brooklyn and the Bronx; for Utah it's anything beyond the national parks.
Expect more reports like this out of U.S. national parks concerning 2015 numbers. They're only getting more popular.
Some of my best friends are snowboarders. Ski resort snobs should take off their polarized lenses and let them in.
Responsible management of parks and attractions is never bad for business, even if it looks like it in the short term.
People often think of air pollution as a far-off, Beijing-type problem. Not to compare their respective scopes, but Utah's national parks find themselves engulfed in a dirty haze most of the time. The National Park Service thinks the state and local businesses are dragging their feet.
National parks won't disappear from summer road trip itineraries any time soon but the type of routes being planned and other pit stops travelers are planning for this summer show the local discovery trend touches drive travel too.