National Geographic : 1979 Jul
will Success Spoil Our Parks? By ROBERT PAUL JORDAN ASSISTANT EDITOR N NATURE COMES RIGHT UP to the busy highways of Yosemite, Yellow stone, and other national parks. Passing motorists idly watch back packers turn off the road and vanish into looming woods, putting civilization behind immediately. I know. Once I walked in small and good company more than two hundred miles around Yellowstone's wild perimeter. Brief minutes off the noisy road, the stillness wrapped us as closely as it later did in the far reaches. In that month on the trail, only one unnatural sound intruded-a sonic boom. Such solitude is not for most people. We crowd into a tiny fraction of each wilderness park we visit and look at one another when the scenery has satisfied us. One day I talked Sacked out after an all-nightdrive, two men hold their place in a two-mile linefor campsites at Yosemite National Park, where chronic overcrowdinghas led to a new reservationsystem.