The Flathead Beacon says that here was perhaps no better example of national parks’ skyrocketing popularity last year than at Arches in Utah. It was Memorial Day weekend, the unofficial start to the summer tourism season, and the line of cars waiting to enter the popular park near Moab stretched over a mile long. The traffic backed up all the way to U.S. Highway 191 as hundreds of cars lined both sides of the road leading to the site’s parking area. The situation became so chaotic and dangerous that the park’s superintendent made an unprecedented decision and closed the park for a day. Read the full story here.