Ranger Kathryn's Arches

April 5, 2010

Views expressed herein do not reflect…

I should have done this a long time ago.

OFFICIAL DISCLAIMER: The views expressed in my blog are those of Private Citizen Kathryn, and not of the National Park Service.

I want to make certain that readers of my blog understand that I am using this as a personal journal of my job and my adventures, and in no way do I speak for the NPS. I’ve taken down (i.e., made private) my post on False Kiva from last August, since it has caused more problems than I could have imagined. Too many people in the world, especially camera-bearing types, want to visit this protected site. The Web is full of erroneous information and directions and routes, and it is causing grave headaches for Canyonlands NP as they struggle to find the balance between preserving an utterly unique resource and allowing restricted public access.

It is my hope that the power of blogging can be harnessed for good and positive purposes. I sincerely apologize to policy-molders and decision-makers whose lives I’ve made more complicated by my False Kiva post.


  1. K, after chatting with you last week about False Kiva I hiked with a few eager photographers in the Needles district who had tried to find it the previous day. They were angry at the Ranger who gave them directions because they couldn’t follow them. I was angry at them for being unprepared like most. One of the gentleman said he was just going to look up the GPS coordinates so he could find it and I thought of your post and how I’ll probably never visit this site because I’d hate to damage it myself. All I wanted to do was yell at the guy because he had no environmental ethic whatsoever but I kept quiet. Keep educating and stay strong!

    Comment by Will B. — April 5, 2010 @ 8:47 pm | Reply

    • I hardly know what approach to take with those who couldn’t care less about the resource, as long as they get their photo. This is a difficult predicament for ALL who work with fragile systems of any type, be they cultural, cryptobiological, or whatever. Thanks for the encouragement, Will. It will be a lifelong dilemma.

      Comment by kath56ryn — April 5, 2010 @ 9:23 pm | Reply

  2. so, does that mean you are going to take us to this supreme power they call false kiva?

    Comment by john — April 6, 2010 @ 6:06 am | Reply

  3. Sheesh – was it not obvious this is a private and not official journal? Some people …

    Comment by jim youngman — April 6, 2010 @ 6:17 am | Reply

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