Zion is absolutely PRIME right now but...
Zion, which is basically running a predictable "high" flow is sooooo prime for this weekend. Only the park is sticking to this no float after 600 cfs thing. I have talked to and e-mailed everybody there who will listen to no avail.
We are totally screwed out of this run. If the peak is at midnight and peaks 599cfs, the average swing is 200+cfs. That leaves a small window of daytime peak flow between 300cfs and 400cfs (both dangerously low).
Seriously, is AW interested in this?
Does anyone know water law in Utah about right to float?
Are they allowed to shut down navigable streams?
What happens if you never touch shore, and take out after the park (at this flow you could easily run the narrows and sinawava in less than 8 hours).
Those of you who fucked this up should be ashamed. There are no apologies for being the cause of closing down one of the most, if not "the" most beautiful slot canyon in the world. I hope you enjoyed the final descent.
Here are the park contacts again: Write these guys, now perhaps, and tell how absurd closing this stretch of river down is.
"Jock Whitworth" <Jock_Whitworth@nps.gov>
"Ray O'Neil" <Ray_O'Neil@nps.gov>
"ZION park information" <ZION_park_information@nps.gov>
"Ron Terry" <Ron_Terry@nps.gov>
Jock is the park superintendent. Ray is the Backcountry Ranger in charge. Zion is the park general address Ron is the park spokesperson
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