These are not water bars these are trail obstacles created to prevent any further travel down the trail plain and simple. Here are some pictures from the internet that show what real water bars look like. You have to remember that the water bar has to be constructed to channel the water and maintain access.
Those water bars look totally different than what the BLM has done in Recapture. Here are some instructions on how to build for different types of water bars.
Comparing the Recapture water bars to the different type of water bars and their construction diagrams it is clear to see what the BLM has really done in Recapture Canyon. They weren’t creating water bars they were closing the trail by create far more damage to the area than the protesters caused on May 10, 2014.
This video by Friends of Cedar Mesa shows the trail in the first photo’s marked #1 and #2. Compare how the trail looked on May 10 to how it looks now.
It is clear that the BLM is placing obstacles in the trail to close it. The photos clearly show that the recent BLM work on the trail has done more damage than the protesters ever thought of doing. One should assume that the Recapture Trail is closed permanently instead of temporarily with the BLM’s new trail constructions. Once again the BLM is violating their own laws and regulations.