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Proposed RV Park Outside Zion National Park Rejected

Yellowstone National Park

Officials in southern Utah have rejected a proposal to build an RV park, hotel and gas station near the northwest entrance to Zion National Park. The Spectrum newspaper in St. George reports that Washington County commissioners unanimously voted down the proposal Tuesday despite a earlier approval from a planning commission. A company called Juniper Investors was asking the commission to rezone land near the town of New Harmony off Interstate 15. Zion's chief ranger says the park opposed the project because it worried the development would affect views from the canyon and overwhelm the limited staff that work the entrance. Juniper Investors declined to comment after the vote.