What has happened to our beloved Mueller Park Canyon? We have lived in Bountiful for 46 years. We used to go there for a fun few hours of picnicking and hiking and playing by the creek. How wonderful С a canyon so close to home. There was no charge to get in and you could sit by any picnic table that was empty.
Now there is a fee of $8 per car to enter. A higher fee than any other canyon around, e.g., Millcreek Canyon is $3 a car.
We went to Mueller Park Canyon this last summer. There was no one in the entire canyon, so we picked a picnic table in the shade and ate part of our lunch. Then, the canyon hostess came along and said we could not sit at that table, and if we didn’t move right that minute, we would have to pay $30. So, of course, we moved. Then we went for a hike up the canyon. The canyon hostess followed us all the way on her cart. We didn’t dare sit down to rest for fear she would charge us $100 for sitting on a bench in the $100 section to rest for a few minutes. We went home very disappointed.
Later, we went to Millcreek Canyon. We could sit anywhere we wanted to as long as no one else was sitting there. No canyon host came and no one bothered us.
It used to be that in Mueller Park Canyon, a sign would be hanging on the table as to the date and hours the table was reserved, and you could sit there any other time. But now, you are never allowed to sit at a table even if it isn’t reserved.
Why are we not welcome in the canyon anymore?