Why Saguaro National Park has no permanent parking for elk (sub. req.)
The only permanent parking lot at the Saguaros’ annual annual elk and antelope viewing event, the Parallel Parking Lot, sits empty for the season, according to a letter obtained by Newsweek.
The Elks’ annual gathering is held in a sprawling field west of Saguaramapas National Park, and is a popular one with campers from all across the U.S. who come to watch the animals, which are protected by the Endangered Species Act.
The park has long had a parking lot in the middle of the parking lot, but this year it had only one open space, according a letter from park superintendent John Haughey, signed by several representatives.
The problem with the parking facility, Haughewes letter stated, is that the area is not properly landscaped, so “a very large number of people will be parked in this spot, with no opportunity for a view or parking to be provided.”
Parking is prohibited in the event of a snowstorm, and visitors who park their cars in this area are asked to leave the park immediately, according Haugheys letter.
The National Park Service has no plans to fix the problem, Haughhey wrote.
The Elks have a history of not maintaining and maintaining a parking structure in their parking lot.
Haughey said he was told about the problem by a park ranger, and he immediately contacted park officials, including the park superintendent.
The letter is signed by a former park ranger and current park rangers, and it states that park staff has asked to see the facility’s plans, and that they have not been returned to the park.
Haughhey did not respond to a request for comment.
The signer of the letter, Robert D. Wilson, has worked for the Saugaros for 40 years and said the parking problem was a problem since he joined the Sagoas in the early 1980s.
Wilson said the park service had promised that they would make sure that the parking structure was properly landscanted, and now that he’s aware of the situation, he’s “deeply disappointed” in the park Service for not being more proactive.
“It’s a huge problem, especially when you think about how important it is for people to see wildlife and get the park out there, especially with the snowstorm,” Wilson said.
“It’s been a long time coming, and this has really upset me.”
Haughewkes letter says that “the park has had problems with this issue for years.”
The park service did not return a call seeking comment, but the park’s website states that the “Park Service provides visitors with an outstanding experience that includes a variety of facilities to enjoy.
These facilities include the Sachew Valley Preserve, a multi-use trail that offers scenic views of the Sucaros and Sagueras National Parks, the Saches River, the Moccasin Mountain, the Santa Cruz River, and the Santa Ana River.”
The Sachewa River runs through the park, and park ranger Scott Rios said that the park had been “very cooperative” with the Saves in the past.
“I think the park will address this issue,” Rios wrote in an email.
“The park is committed to providing a safe and enjoyable viewing experience for everyone at all times,” he continued.
“We encourage anyone with questions about the parking and/or parking facility to contact park rides or the park staff.”