Angry Hiker Shares Video of “Entitled” Tourist Disrespecting National Park

By: David Donovan | Published: Jul 11, 2024

We sign a social contract with those around us when we spend time in a national park, promising to follow the rules.

This social contract is more important to some people than it is to others.

Park Visitor

The Tourons of National Parks Instagram account (@touronsofnationalparks) received a video from a park visitor. 

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Four-segment panorama of Inspiration Point, Bryce Canyon National Park.

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In the video, a lady is flying a drone while holding onto a dog on a leash at Bryce Canyon National Park in Utah. 

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Video Content

She can be seen maneuvering the drone high above the stunning red canyons. 

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natural bridge in Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah, USA

National Park Service

Occasionally she can be observed stepping around or pulling her dog’s leash toward her.

Breaking Rules

“Double whammy from Bryce,” the video is subtitled. 

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People snowshoeing in Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah, USA

National Park Service

“When I passed her on trail I let her know about the rules for drones and dogs but she didn’t care.”

Banned Drones

The National Park Service has banned the use of drones in national parks since 2014. 

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DJI Phantom 2 Vision+ V3 of user Capricorn4049 hovering over Weissfluhjoch (Davos/Klosters-Serneus/Arosa, Grisons, Switzerland). In the background Weissfluh.

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This is due to safety concerns for tourists, staff, and wildlife, according to additional information in the post’s caption. 

Dog Restrictions

Also, dogs are only allowed on paved roads in Bryce Canyon National Park. 

Mixed-breed (miscellaneous) retriever in water fishing

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This is because they can chase, scare, or spread disease to wildlife and leave behind a “predator” scent that disturbs the native animals.

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Awareness of Rules

The tourist might not have been aware of the rules before getting the warning. 

Moon visible through a rock formation in Bryce Canyon

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However, the behavior could still have hurt the wildlife that was nearby. 

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Natural World

The honor of seeing nature firsthand is vital to our future here on our planet since environmental awareness starts with deference to nature. 

Horseback riding in Bryce Canyon National Park

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However, the goal of increased interactions between humans and nature ought to be appreciation and comprehension, not danger.

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Tourist Recklessness

The recklessness of tourists can also make it harder for others to connect with nature. 

Sign pointing to dump station with RV and truck on a road with trees in the background

X user BryceCanyonNPS

Both bystanders and the park rangers whose job it is to protect the park’s wildlife can feel the stress of watching these things happen.

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Public Reaction

Numerous individuals vented their frustrations regarding the tourist’s actions in the video’s comments section.

Park ranger with back to the camera at Bryce Canyon national park

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One person exclaimed in apparent disbelief, “A dog and a drone. This person really likes breaking laws and disrespecting National Parks.”

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“Enforce the Rules”

Another person said, “People feel so entitled these days.” 

A canyon with red rock and some outcrops of trees

X user BryceCanyonNPS

“But definitely need to ramp up the ability/funding for rangers to enforce the rules in the parks.”

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Prior Research

The situation serves as a reminder that it is wise to conduct some research prior to exploring the natural world. 

Park rangers doing work with tools and a small machine in a canyon

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Although it is not clear whether the woman initially intended to break the rules.

Bryce Canyon boasts the largest number of hoodoos (irregular columns of rock) in the world.

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