canyons of the escalante

Sat in Zebra Canyon, Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, UT

Not the usual hiking gear, but the whole water element was a surprise, and we weren’t going to turn back after finding this place. We hiked through in just our underwear with no boots on, often reaching water that was chest-high. For the middle of summer, the water was surprisingly chilly, but it just added to the crazy experience. An unforgettable day amongst a summer of unforgettable days, 2014. 


Thanks for following the #mypubliclandsroadtrip in BLM Colorado! 

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Next week, the roadtrip heads to Wyoming for wild west movie landscapes, unique wildlife, live cave science and so much more!

Photos by Bob Wick, BLM


This Week, Take An Adventure with #mypubliclandsroadtrip in BLM Colorado!

The BLM manages 8.4 million acres of public lands in Colorado – ranging from 4,000 to over 14,000 feet in elevation. Join the #mypubliclandsroadtrip in Colorado for beautiful landscapes and backcountry byways, fossils and geological formations, and unique recreation like rock crawling.

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#GOWILDForEveryKid: BLM Colorado’s Dominguez Canyon Wilderness has Amazing Trails, Waterfalls and Petroglyphs! 

The Dominguez-Escalante NCA is nestled within the Uncompahgre Plateau, where Cottonwood, Escalante, Big Dominguez and Little Dominguez Creeks tumble through red-rock sandstone canyons to empty into the Gunnison River.

This area includes Dominguez Canyon Wilderness, where water running year-round through Little Dominguez Creek provides habitat for birds, mammals, lizards and other species. Desert bighorn sheep can also be spotted grazing beside cliffs.

In addition to excellent rock climbing in the area, the rugged canyons and bluffs hold geological and paleontological resources spanning 600 million years. Rock art on the canyon walls and archaeological sites on the mesas are evidence of thousands of years of Native American hunting and travel. In addition, the Old Spanish National Historic Trail passes through this region. 

Photos by BLMer Bob Wick.


This December, Camp Yevingkarere (pronounced yev ing kahd’ ooh) welcomed fourteen Southern Paiute students from Utah, Nevada and Arizona who spent the weekend camping in Zion National Park– their traditional homeland. Southern Paiute elders and agency experts taught hands-on lessons in biology, hydrology, ethnbotany, rope-making and hide-tanning. Students enjoyed learning their native language, hearing winter stories and making new friends.

The partnership, now in it’s 7th year, is committed to providing meaningful experiences and creating pathways for lifetimes of success for Southern Paiute youth. The campers stay connected to their rich heritage and bright futures thanks to annual multi-day camps for elementary (Yevingkarare) and middle school (Kwiyamuntsi) aged students. When the students reach high school they are hired through youth conservation crews and agency partners. Southern Paiute federal and tribal employees return every year and encourage new generations of tribal youth to discover the natural world and follow their dreams.

This successful outdoor education and cultural heritage program is made possible through an award-winning Service First partnership. Many thanks to our partners who make this camp possible! Grand Canyon-Parashant National Monument, Kaibab, Cedar, Koosharem, Moapa and Shivwitz Bands of Paiute, Bureau of Land Management - Arizona, Cedar Breaks National Monument, Grand Canyon-Parashant National Monument, Zion National Park, Dixie National Forest, Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument and Southern Utah University.

Check out the fantastic video from this year’s camp: