The dedication will be open to pedestrian traffic only and those who wish to attend should park at the Dalton Wells parking area, two miles away just off U.S. 191, approximately 17 miles north of Moab at mile marker 141. Shuttle buses will be available to provide transportation from the Dalton Wells parking lot to the site of the ceremony.
After the unveiling, some participants will take a 14-mile backcountry ATV ride along the trail. Classified as moderately difficult, the trail negotiates rocky washes, rock steps, slickrock, and sand, and offers views of Arches National Park and the surrounding area. Registration for the event is open at www.upoa.org and onsite on Saturday, organizers said.
The Fallen Peace Officer Trail is intended to “honor the lives and service of Utah’s fallen law enforcement heroes,” according to a news release from Utah State Parks and Recreation.
Utah State Parks Ranger Brody Young will join the inaugural ride. Young was shot and critically wounded in November 2010 while checking on a suspicious vehicle. Young has since recovered from his injuries and has returned to duty.
More than 230 riders have registered. Registration fees help fund scholarships for the families of fallen officers. To register for the ride, visit upoa.org
Throughout the day, 14 officers from across the state will be honored during the first Honor Corridor and Solemnity Walk. Organizers said this will be an annual event and different officers will be honored each year.
A designated area has been created for each fallen officer and a representative from each officer’s agency will honor the fallen and host the public in remembering the sacrifice made. The Honor Corridor/Solemnity Walk will be open to the public from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. to pedestrian traffic only.
Lloyd Larsen, one of Moab City Police Office law enforcement officers has been selected as one of the 14 officers being honored this year.