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Letter: I love ATVs, but they don’t belong in national parks

Like many folks in Illinois, I love to visit our national parks and monuments out West. But I just learned that our park experience may be drastically altered.

Unless they change their minds, the National Park Service is planning to open all the roads in Utah’s national parks and monuments to off-road vehicles, including ATVs and their beefed up cousin, UTVs, on Nov. 1. If this happens in Utah’s parks, it may be a stepping stone to national parks everywhere.

I am an off-road vehicle enthusiast. I own a $30,000 ORV. I have four-wheelers, snowmobiles and a ton of other motorized toys.