The Escalade project would be built roughly 10 miles northeast of the famed Watchtower on South Rim and would open in the spring of 2018.

Proponents say it would give visitors more than just the typical “drive-by” wilderness experience available on the South Rim.

Officials of the National Park Service worry that the project would spoil views from the South Rim if it was built. They also disagree over who owns development rights in the area.

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