Citizens Against Moab Under Canvas at Looking Glass Rock
We stand against the exploitation of Looking Glass Rock area for the corporate profit of Under Canvas. We demand that Under Canvas and SITLA pull out of their lease agreement at Looking Glass Rock area, and stop all plans of developing the area, keeping it in its natural state for all to continue to enjoy for generations to come. Immediately, we demand a delay on all proceeding with the deal until proper engagement with the community has transpired. (FYI!!! donations prompted here go to the website, and not to this movement. If you want to donate to the grassroots campaign to stop this development, go to:https://givebutter.com/saveLGR instead ).
Under Canvas is proposing to develop 75 glamping individually heated and cooled "tent" units (this isn't camping, and this isn't a campground- it is a sprawling hotel-like development), EACH with pull-chain running water showers, sinks, and flushable toilets, a centrally located permanent air-conditioned structure, leach field, septic tank, large parking lot, and dipping pond immediately adjacent to Looking Glass Rock.Their current location just outside of Moab has seen constant issues with their septic system and leaks leaching into the land. This is not a low impact development as they love to tout- this is a hotel-like establishment circumventing the process of building an actual hotel, while trying to climate control an open air tent. This is akin to trying heat the moon and cool the sun- and not sustainable development. Their development would create roughly 60 acres of disturbed land, with 25 acres of graded land, engulfing the valley immediately to the East of Looking Glass Rock. (To compare, an actual hotel with similar occupancy would only disturb a few acres.)
When you visit Looking Glass Rock, and sit in its alcove, you can stare at corporate America's smoke stacks (75 of them, to be exact). Under Canvas will profit off of Hilton-style pricing for renting these trendy "tents", at the expense of exploiting this treasured geological wonder. They do not plan to restrict access to the rock, but that is far from the point. The bottom-line, we believe this development would collapse the view shed and experience of this special place. Visit @daileysbaileys to see the development map with overlays showing the current proposed lease agreement boundary, development area, and structure layout.
SITLA sold the leasing right to this parcel to Under Canvas at $1,000 an acre. Pressure Under Canvas to leave the contract and enter the leasing process again in a space that is more neutral and a better use of the SITLA land, offering respect to the community and to this special landscape. Under Canvas has communicated they have good intent "for the land and partnership with the local community." Where is this partnership with the community when the community was not engaged, and where is the intent for the land when they will bring this sprawling hotel-like development to the base of one of our cherished spaces?