Arch Swinging Banned in Moab

Utah officials to develop guidelines over next two years

Jan 9, 2015
Outside Magazine
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A 22-year-old man died while rope-swinging on Corona Arch.    Ken Lund/Flickr

The Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) Moab Field Office in Utah announced this week that it will temporarily restrict zip lining, highlining, slacklining, climbing, rappelling, and rope swinging at Corona Arch and Gemini Bridges for the next two years as it develops policies to govern the activities. The popularity of Corona Arch exploded after a YouTube video titled “World’s Largest Rope Swing” went viral in 2013.

“This temporary restriction provides the BLM with time to continue working with the public to develop appropriate recreation management strategies for these two popular recreation destinations,” said Moab Field Office Manager Beth Ransel in a press release.

The announcement has been expected as thrill-seekers have flocked to the attraction in search of Internet fame. In March 2013, a 22-year-old man died during a swing stunt. However, the BLM says that it made its decision not because of the inherent danger but at the behest of area hikers who have complained of user conflicts.

Corona Arch and Gemini Bridges are located at the end of a popular trail system and receive more than 40,000 visitors annually.

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