After hearing about the National Park Services decision to close the Kelly Point road on the Arizona Strip, I wrote the following letter.

Below is the NPS response:

Thank you for your comments regarding the seasonal closure of Kelly Point Road (NPS Road #1203) within Grand Canyon-Parashant National Monument.  We will be implementing the temporary closure of Kelly Point Road on November 17, 2014 through March 27, 2015 to provide resource protection measures and increase both visitor and employee safety.

Kelly Point generally receives snowfall by mid- November and so choosing the third Monday in November allows our staff to avoid severe winter driving conditions.  Winter weather patterns often produce extended periods of precipitation that result in freeze-thaw cycles leading to the damaging road conditions.  We will continue to monitor weather and road conditions and may consider an earlier opening date if a mild winter weather permits.

The temporary closure is authorized by the Records of Decision and Resource Management Plan/ General Management Plan (RMP/GMP) approved in 2008.  The RMP/GMP was published in the Federal Register and did include extensive public comment period.  The Kelly Point Road was designated as open to all users (mitigating measures may apply).

The Grand Canyon-Parashant RMP/GMP can be found at http://www.nps.gov/para/parkmgmt/planning.htm   The specific Management Action can be found on page 2-93, Table 2.15, MA-TM-02 which states Motorized, mechanized,or non-motorized/non-mechanized use of routes that are designated as ³limited² will be restricted to the specific users, seasons, or vehicles types as identified on a route-by-route evaluation and designation.

A map of the Designated Transportation System Route Network is located on page2-99 Map 2.18 or at http://www.blm.gov/style/medialib/blm/az/pdfs/nepa/library/resource_management/parashant_ROD.Par.29814.File.dat/Map_2_18_gcpnm_transportation_appr_plan.pdf .

Detailed maps of Kelly Point Road can be found at http://www.blm.gov/az/st/en/info/nepa/environmental_library/arizona_resource_management/gcp_ROD/routes.html  and selecting maps E4, F2 and G1.

Thank you for your comments and interest in promoting safety, resource protection, responsible recreation and public access to Grand Canyon-Parashant National Monument and Grand Canyon National Park.


Scott Sticha
Chief of Interpretation and Partnerships
Grand Canyon-Parashant National Monument
345 E. Riverside Drive
St. George, UT 84790
435-688-3377
nps.gov/para

This note might have meant more to me if they had at least addressed me by name.  Based on this note, I doubt anyone even took the time to read my letter.