By Emiley Morgan
September 15, 2009
“Dave Bronson’s high-school years were marked by group Jeep trips to Angel Arch and swims in Salt Creek. He went alone, with family and with friends. There was even a student council outing to the popular site. He said that, growing up, it was the place to be.
“It was a social thing,” Bronson said. “Everyone in town had a Jeep, and that was one of the great things to do. Salt Creek was just more of a fun area. You had the water, and the main thing was to see Angel Arch.”
Bronson said he returned to the site year after year, until the National Park Service gated Salt Creek Road, barring public access, in 1998.
That closure and the rights to the road are at the heart of a five-year dispute between locals and the federal government that will now be decided by a judge.
Bronson, a San Juan County surveyor, was in court Monday talking about his memories of the area, as well as his experiences surveying the site.”