Utah State Senator Invites Hundreds to Walk in Closed National Park on Saturday

by Sterling Beard

Utah state senator Steve Urquhart wants to take roughly 400 friends on a stroll this Saturday through Zion National Park, one of his state’s five national parks and a 229-square-mile reserve that the federal government has tried to shutter.

He and anyone who joins him risk getting cited for trespassing or arrested, so he’s characterizing the hike as a First Amendment action. The National Park Service allowed an immigration-reform rally Tuesday on the closed National Mall and retroactively allowed visiting World War II vets into their memorial last week on the same grounds.

Urquhart plans to simply walk past the barriers on the road that block the entrance on Saturday morning. He doesn’t know how many people will show up but says “it should be enjoyable.”

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