DEEP DIVIDE

ROGUE ROAD BUILDERS ARE SCARRING A WILDERNESS IN UTAH, RUSHING TO MARK THE PRISTINE LAND BEFORE WASHINGTON CAN TURN IT INTO A MONUMENT

Ken Rait is on a road to nowhere, and he's none too happy about it. Jouncing along in a Jeep Cherokee through the Southwest wilderness, he points with disgust at the freshly dug track he's following. It meanders into a streambed, emerges from the other side and then stops abruptly. In just one afternoon Rait, an environmentalist with the Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance, will find several more such dead-end trails, ranging from a mere quarter mile to a few miles long. Not one of them goes anywhere at all. "They're cutting roads all over the place out here," he says wearily.

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