February 03, 2007

Invasion of the RVs

Chaco Canyon road upgrade brings debateAnson Wright, coordinator of the Chaco Alliance, a group dedicated to protecting the sites, said a paved road would encourage RV and bus traffic, which rarely occurs now. It would bring different visitors who might vandalize the ruins. Increased traffic could necessitate more rangers being present and visitors might not be able to have moments alone in the history, he said.

"At this point, the park is visited by people who know its significance and who are coming there to seriously experience a very unique archeological site and a sacred site as well," he said. "If the road is paved, RV traffic will increase and it will become a recreational site in which people come just for the day and drive in, and drive around and leave."
Comment:  Having driven the gravel roads to visit Chaco Canyon, I vote to leave them be.

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