On an unseasonably dark Monday a month ago, enduring shower did not stop guests to Utah’s Arches national park. Long lines of traffic crawled drowsily past checkpoints; car parks completely filled constrained explorers to abandon their trails. Such disappointments are normal these days: Arches’ rock formations now draw more than twofold the guests they did in 2000. What’s more, it’s not a disconnected issue: the US National Park Service (NPS) announced more than 330 million visits in 2016 – 44 million more than when the new century rolled over.
Guest numbers at US national parks are taking off, yet the administration says a proposed value surge is for ‘support’, while slicing government subsidizing by practically $300m