We appreciate the chance to work with and ride with BLM’s Red Rock Assistant Field Manager, Joshua Travers, on the scenic loop. Joshua is trying hard to understand and address the congestion issues in Red Rock. He recently hired 4 new rangers to help with increased visitor-ship issues. As our last Save Red Rock/NDOT Safety Charrette Traffic and Use Study is 15 years old, we are working to help find another grant to turn over to BLM so they can get this study updated and alternatives out to the public.
BLM is cautiously starting the reopening phase for the loop today, June 1st. They had to close it to cars at the beginning of the pandemic due to theft and vandalism and to keep staff, partners and volunteers safe. Please report anything you see to the BLM’s Law Enforcement Officers at 702-293-8932.
Given the high spike in bike & hike visitation on the loop, number of species observed using trails & roads during this and previous shut downs, seems like it would be beneficial to consider reducing the volume of vehicles in these areas by doing what Zion & other high volume parks do: shuttle!!! It’s a “conservation area” so I’d hope we work towards conserving this resource. The one way loop offers this opportunity, a few shuttles & The ability of patrons to park closer to town and catch a ride. Win-win for wildlife, hikers, bikers, scenic loop viewers (you no longer have to hold the wheel and watch the road!). It would also be cool to see a pay station in Kraft/Red Springs. That area is impacted disproportionately harder than nearly any other area at red rock.