This sign bans off-road vehicles from entering the hiking trails in Buckskin Mountain State Park. Yesterday Jeanette helped me replace one that vandals removed this past year. One of the things we have noticed in coming back to this area for several years is the dramatic increase in off-road vehicles. Not only have their numbers increased, but their routes continue to gouge even deeper ruts into the desert. Ruts so deep that the vehicle can barely be seen. Clouds of dust foul the air, and motorized noise is the common sound that has replaced the quiet of the desert. I fear for the environmental changes that have begun. I can’t help but think that future generations will be asking, what were those people thinking, reeking such havoc on the environment.