Photo: John Fowler, Lone Tree
Breaking News – Today (December 4, 2017) the US government announced plans to reduce the size of the Bears Ears National Monument. We will be updating this page.
Spotlight on Responsible Travel
Responsible travel (read Imagine Bears Ears as a responsible tourism model) has the potential of expanding livelihoods and conserving cultural and natural heritage in rural areas. That said, communication has often been lackluster. Visitors are told to stay away or nothing at all. Here’s to a commitment to a better understanding of Bears Ears, on our list of must-visit places. We can discuss this further during February’s Responsible Travel Week.
The 1.35 million-acre Bears Ears National Monument in southeastern Utah protects one of most significant cultural landscapes in the United States, with thousands of archaeological sites and important areas of spiritual significance. Abundant rock art, ancient cliff dwellings, ceremonial kivas, and countless other artifacts provide an extraordinary archaeological and cultural record, all surrounded by a dramatic backdrop of deep sandstone canyons, desert mesas, and forested highlands and the monument’s namesake twin buttes. These lands are sacred to many Native American tribes today, who use the lands for ceremonies, collecting medicinal and edible plants, and gathering materials for crafting baskets and footwear. Their recommendations will ensure management decisions reflect tribal expertise and traditional and historical knowledge. – BLM
Bears Ears Inter Tribal Coalition Press Conference May 3, 2017
Bears Ears / Utah / Patagonia