By Donna Kemp Spangler
June 18, 2004
“A federal judge is being asked to unlock Salt Creek Canyon road, a controversial closed-off route inside Canyonlands National Park.
San Juan County earlier this week filed a complaint before U.S. District Court Judge Bruce Jenkins seeking to force the National Park Service to reopen the road — closed to vehicles for the past six years — into Angel Arch Canyon, one of the most spectacular scenic areas in the park.
In its complaint, San Juan County contends the road existed before Congress created Canyonlands National Park in 1964. The county, therefore, contends the road is a county road under a federal Mining Law of 1866, also known as RS 2477, which granted counties rights of way across public lands.”