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At hikers’ request, iconic Utah arch could close to rope swinging, other dare-devil pursuits
June 12, 2014, 10:25 pm
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canada.com

One of southern Utah’s signature towering arches could soon be closed to daredevil rope-swinging.

Citing frustration from visitors marvelling at Corona Arch, federal officials are considering outlawing the stunt made so popular on YouTube that state authorities banned it from commercial outfitters last year. The activity involves taking a running leap and swinging like a pendulum through five-story structures.

“Do we look down on folks who do this activity? No, of course not,” said Rock Smith, supervisory outdoor recreation planner at the federal Bureau of Land Management in Moab. “It’s a matter of is it appropriate or not” on lands designated for hiking. “The other side is: We know people like to swing, and we’re not stopping that everywhere, either.”

About 40,000 hikers trek to the sandstone structure each year, and many see it just once, federal officials estimate.

Many of them say they signed up to take in…

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