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Tim Peterson

Greater Canyonlands - Protecting Greater Canyonlands

Greater Canyonlands - Protecting Greater Canyonlands
Stephanie Smith

Protecting more of Canyonlands

First envisioned by the Department of Interior in 1936 as part of a 4.5 million acre reserve, a small 257,000 acre Canyonlands National Park area was designated by Congress in 1964. In 1971, the park was enlarged slightly in size to 337,598 acres and has not grown since.

Greater Canyonlands - Public Lands in the Greater Canyonlands Region

  • Tim Peterson
  • Tim Peterson
  • Tim Peterson
  • Tim Peterson
  • Tim Peterson and Eco Flight
  • Tim Peterson
  • Tim Peterson
  • Tim Peterson
  • Tim Peterson
  • Tim Peterson
  • Tim Peterson

"Wherever we look, there is a wilderness of rocks, deep gorges where the rivers are lost below cliffs and towers and pinnacles, and 10,000 strangely carved forms in every direction, and beyond them, mountains blending with the clouds"
- John Wesley Powell, on his expedition in the Canyonlands

Greater Canyonlands - A stunning yet unprotected landscape

  • Bill Rau
  • Bill Rau
  • Tim Peterson
  • Justin Clifton

A stunning yet unprotected landscape

Originally drawn under political pressure from developers, the straight-line boundaries of Canyonlands National Park and Natural Bridges National Monument make little sense in terms of holistic management. Many important landscapes were left out of the parks, and their viewsheds are threatened by mineral development and irresponsible off-roading.

Bears Ears - Call to Action

Urge President Obama to protect this vast region for the ages.

Greater Canyonlands - Greater Canyonlands has a wealth of cultural resources

  • Tom Till
  • Tom Till
  • Jonathan Bailey
  • Jonathan Bailey
  • Jonathan Bailey
  • Jonathan Bailey
  • Jonathan Bailey
  • Jonathan Bailey
  • Grant Collier

A wealth of cultural resources

Home to more than 100,000 cultural and historic sites, the Bears Ears Cultural Landscape holds the history of thousands of years of human habitation on the land. We can protect these cultural resources for generations to come.

Greater Canyonlands - Threats to Greater Canyonlands

Greater Canyonlands - Threats to Greater Canyonlands
Stephanie Smith

Threats to the landscape

Local politics still have a strong impact here, and the oil and gas and other extractive industries are actively fighting the protection of these public lands.

Greater Canyonlands - Our Role

Our Role

By creating a new Bears Ears National Monument that expands protection around the national park, we can halt the threats of short-sighted energy development, maintain valuable wildlife habitat and preserve water quality for the 40 million people living downstream. We firmly support the Bears Ears Intertribal Coalition’s Bears Ears cultural landscape campaign. 

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Our Solutions

Greater Canyonlands - Our Solution

Realize the original vision

We have the chance to establish a world-class monument in the heart of redrock country, which would provide ecological and economic benefits for Americans for generations to come.

Get our government involved

Help us to set aside one of the last large roadless areas remaining in the lower 48. Urge President Obama to protect this vast and globally significant region for the ages. 

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