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Join Wild Connections this Saturday for a hike to Grape Creek at Ecology Park. Learn about the nearby bad proposals for oil and gas and mining on our local  public lands. Public comments due tomorrow and Saturday! More info at www.wildconnections.org. #blmwild #yourpubliclands #seeblm @mypubliclands
Join Wild Connections this Saturday for a hike to Grape Creek at Ecology Park. Learn about the nearby bad proposals for oil and gas and mining on our local public lands. Public comments due tomorrow and Saturday! More info at www.wildconnections.org. #blmwild  #yourpubliclands  #seeblm  @mypubliclands
Join us this Saturday for a hike to Grape Creek and learn about your local public lands, BLM’s current plan revision, and local issues including a nearby oil and gas lease proposal at Temple Canyon Park. More info at www.wildconnections.org. #blmwild #yourpubliclands #seeblm @mypubliclands
Join us this Saturday for a hike to Grape Creek and learn about your local public lands, BLM’s current plan revision, and local issues including a nearby oil and gas lease proposal at Temple Canyon Park. More info at www.wildconnections.org. #blmwild  #yourpubliclands  #seeblm  @mypubliclands
Saturday turned out to be a great day for Wild Connections first thru-Hike of BLM’s Five Points Gulch at McIntyre Hills WSA. Many BLM areas near here, including Echo Canyon, across the river, have #landswithwildernesscharacteristics and can be protected in BLM’s upcoming Draft plan, coming soon. @mypubliclands #blmwild #seeblm #yourpubliclands thanks for the photos @curtnimz
Saturday turned out to be a great day for Wild Connections first thru-Hike of BLM’s Five Points Gulch at McIntyre Hills WSA. Many BLM areas near here, including Echo Canyon, across the river, have #landswithwildernesscharacteristics  and can be protected in BLM’s upcoming Draft plan, coming soon. @mypubliclands #blmwild  #seeblm  #yourpubliclands  thanks for the photos @curtnimz
BLM’s McIntyre Hills Wilderness Study Area (WSA) is a rugged and wild 15,910-acre natural area in Bighorn Sheep Canyon in the Arkansas River Canyonlands. McIntyre Hills WSA is surrounded by other BLM Royal Gorge Field Office (RGFO) managed public lands, most of which BLM found 
#landswithwildernesscharacteristics, including Texas Creek Gulch contiguous to the west, and the 
vast Echo Canyon to the north across the Arkansas River. However these #BLMWild areas do not share similar administrative protections. This can change! 
These unprotected BLM wild and natural areas need your voice and support when BLM RGFO’s 
draft plan is released later this year, with a 90-day public comment period. 
This incredible BLM landscape is an important wildlife corridor and habitat for many area species, including Rocky Mountain bighorn sheep, black bear, elk, mule deer, pronghorn, and mountain lion. The rugged terrain and rocky outcroppings also provide refuge for iconic and/or endangered bird of prey species such as the bald eagle and American peregrine falcon. 
We are also seeking long-term protections for McIntyre Hills and Echo Canyon, and thanks to 
@RepDianaDeGette’s Colorado Wilderness Act, the wheels are in motion. #COWilderness2018 
Come check out this incredible area on an upcoming November 3rd outing with Wild Connections. 
For more info, see http://www.wildconnections.org/events.html.  @Mypubliclands #SeeBLM #yourpubliclands
BLM’s McIntyre Hills Wilderness Study Area (WSA) is a rugged and wild 15,910-acre natural area in Bighorn Sheep Canyon in the Arkansas River Canyonlands. McIntyre Hills WSA is surrounded by other BLM Royal Gorge Field Office (RGFO) managed public lands, most of which BLM found #landswithwildernesscharacteristics , including Texas Creek Gulch contiguous to the west, and the vast Echo Canyon to the north across the Arkansas River. However these #BLMWild  areas do not share similar administrative protections. This can change! These unprotected BLM wild and natural areas need your voice and support when BLM RGFO’s draft plan is released later this year, with a 90-day public comment period. This incredible BLM landscape is an important wildlife corridor and habitat for many area species, including Rocky Mountain bighorn sheep, black bear, elk, mule deer, pronghorn, and mountain lion. The rugged terrain and rocky outcroppings also provide refuge for iconic and/or endangered bird of prey species such as the bald eagle and American peregrine falcon. We are also seeking long-term protections for McIntyre Hills and Echo Canyon, and thanks to @RepDianaDeGette’s Colorado Wilderness Act, the wheels are in motion. #COWilderness2018  Come check out this incredible area on an upcoming November 3rd outing with Wild Connections. For more info, see http://www.wildconnections.org/events.html. @Mypubliclands #SeeBLM  #yourpubliclands 
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Birch Creek, in the Owyhee Canyonlands is a flat-out Incredible place. You’ll find ample access to the Wild & Scenic Owyhee River, historic buildings to explore, and miles of trails and shaded camping sites to enjoy – all framed by tall ochre- and chocolate-colored cliffs.

The Bureau of Land Management will soon release a draft of their Southeastern Oregon Resource Management Plan Amendment. Considering that this plan covers close to 5 millions acres of public lands - that’s twice the size of Yellowstone National Park - it’s a huge opportunity for advocates like you to weigh in.

Keep an eye on ONDA’s website and we’ll let you know when it’s time to share your thoughts on how incredible places like Birch Creek are managed.

Photo: Bureau of Land Managment

#BLMWild #WildForTheOwyhee #owyheecanyonlands #owyhee #yourpubliclands #oregon #publiclands #southeasternoregon #wildandscenic #birchcreek #owyheeriver #trails #outdoors #hiking #camping #scenic #landscape #wilderness #wildlands #seeBLM #bureauoflandmanagement
#Repost  @theoregondesert ・・・ Birch Creek, in the Owyhee Canyonlands is a flat-out Incredible place. You’ll find ample access to the Wild & Scenic Owyhee River, historic buildings to explore, and miles of trails and shaded camping sites to enjoy – all framed by tall ochre- and chocolate-colored cliffs. The Bureau of Land Management will soon release a draft of their Southeastern Oregon Resource Management Plan Amendment. Considering that this plan covers close to 5 millions acres of public lands - that’s twice the size of Yellowstone National Park - it’s a huge opportunity for advocates like you to weigh in. Keep an eye on ONDA’s website and we’ll let you know when it’s time to share your thoughts on how incredible places like Birch Creek are managed. Photo: Bureau of Land Managment #BLMWild  #WildForTheOwyhee  #owyheecanyonlands  #owyhee  #yourpubliclands  #oregon  #publiclands  #southeasternoregon  #wildandscenic  #birchcreek  #owyheeriver  #trails  #outdoors  #hiking  #camping  #scenic  #landscape  #wilderness  #wildlands  #seeBLM  #bureauoflandmanagement 
I don't know whether a real wilderness advocate would take a conference call in a Wilderness Study Area, or if a real wilderness advocate would never think to do that. I suppose there likely aren't many  WSAs with cell service. I had meant to take a quick hike between conference calls because I was IN KANAB and therefore had to get out to Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument. But the skies were dark and it soon started raining. Upon realizing that I did, in fact, still have service, I decided to wait it out. As the rain continued to fall and my tights started to soak through, I kept telling myself that it would be worth it. And, of course, this is southern Utah so it totally was. Every time I see the light from the sky hit the rocks I am totally amazed.

This is an area that President Trump and Secretary Zinke deemed not worthy of monument designation. There are many many more just as incredible as this. If you are as outraged as I am, go to monumentsforall.org/grandstaircase and make your voice heard! #SaveGrandStaircase #MonumentsForAll
I don't know whether a real wilderness advocate would take a conference call in a Wilderness Study Area, or if a real wilderness advocate would never think to do that. I suppose there likely aren't many WSAs with cell service. I had meant to take a quick hike between conference calls because I was IN KANAB and therefore had to get out to Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument. But the skies were dark and it soon started raining. Upon realizing that I did, in fact, still have service, I decided to wait it out. As the rain continued to fall and my tights started to soak through, I kept telling myself that it would be worth it. And, of course, this is southern Utah so it totally was. Every time I see the light from the sky hit the rocks I am totally amazed. This is an area that President Trump and Secretary Zinke deemed not worthy of monument designation. There are many many more just as incredible as this. If you are as outraged as I am, go to monumentsforall.org/grandstaircase and make your voice heard! #SaveGrandStaircase  #MonumentsForAll 
Last IG post for work this weekend ... The Alpine Loop is a beautiful place I had the opportunity to visit last year ... #Repost @mypubliclands with @get_repost
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BLM Colorado winds down its #mypubliclands IG takeover with an adventure on the Alpine Loop Backcountry Byway! Located northeast of Silverton in San Juan and Hinsdale counties, the Alpine Loop is a premiere visitor destination, drawing off-highway-vehicle enthusiasts from across the country who are treated with a route network that climbs above timberline, accessing unparalleled vistas. While many roads are accessible with regular two-wheel drive vehicles, getting into the alpine areas require high-clearance, four-wheel-drive vehicles. Plan your trip accordingly and enjoy #yourpubliclands!

#seeblm #getoutside #colorado #coloradolife #viewcolorado #colorfulcolorado #scenic #photography #nature #outdoors #adventure #seeyououtthere #timelapse #ohv
Last IG post for work this weekend ... The Alpine Loop is a beautiful place I had the opportunity to visit last year ... #Repost  @mypubliclands with @get_repost ・・・ BLM Colorado winds down its #mypubliclands  IG takeover with an adventure on the Alpine Loop Backcountry Byway! Located northeast of Silverton in San Juan and Hinsdale counties, the Alpine Loop is a premiere visitor destination, drawing off-highway-vehicle enthusiasts from across the country who are treated with a route network that climbs above timberline, accessing unparalleled vistas. While many roads are accessible with regular two-wheel drive vehicles, getting into the alpine areas require high-clearance, four-wheel-drive vehicles. Plan your trip accordingly and enjoy #yourpubliclands ! #seeblm  #getoutside  #colorado  #coloradolife  #viewcolorado  #colorfulcolorado  #scenic  #photography  #nature  #outdoors  #adventure  #seeyououtthere  #timelapse  #ohv 
BLM Colorado winds down its #mypubliclands IG takeover with an adventure on the Alpine Loop Backcountry Byway! Located northeast of Silverton in San Juan and Hinsdale counties, the Alpine Loop is a premiere visitor destination, drawing off-highway-vehicle enthusiasts from across the country who are treated with a route network that climbs above timberline, accessing unparalleled vistas. While many roads are accessible with regular two-wheel drive vehicles, getting into the alpine areas require high-clearance, four-wheel-drive vehicles. Plan your trip accordingly and enjoy #yourpubliclands! 🎥: Jayson Barangan, BLM Colorado 
#seeblm #getoutside #colorado #coloradolife #viewcolorado #colorfulcolorado #scenic #photography #nature #outdoors #adventure #seeyououtthere #timelapse #ohv
BLM Colorado winds down its #mypubliclands  IG takeover with an adventure on the Alpine Loop Backcountry Byway! Located northeast of Silverton in San Juan and Hinsdale counties, the Alpine Loop is a premiere visitor destination, drawing off-highway-vehicle enthusiasts from across the country who are treated with a route network that climbs above timberline, accessing unparalleled vistas. While many roads are accessible with regular two-wheel drive vehicles, getting into the alpine areas require high-clearance, four-wheel-drive vehicles. Plan your trip accordingly and enjoy #yourpubliclands ! 🎥: Jayson Barangan, BLM Colorado #seeblm  #getoutside  #colorado  #coloradolife  #viewcolorado  #colorfulcolorado  #scenic  #photography  #nature  #outdoors  #adventure  #seeyououtthere  #timelapse  #ohv 
More IG takeover for work ... this time it’s a place with #mana ... Canyons of the Ancients National Monument ... Repost @mypubliclands with @get_repost
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BLM Colorado’s Instagram takeover continues with highlighting Canyons of the Ancients National Monument, locates in southwest Colorado. Peppered with more than 9,300 archaeological sites representing Ancestral Puebloan and other Native American cultures, Canyons of the Ancients is a gem of BLM’s National Conversation Lands. Neighboring the National Park Service’s Mesa Verde National Park and Hovenweep National Monument, Canyons of the Ancients is woven into the rich cultural tapestry of the famed Four Corners Region. This special place is off the beaten path, offering a primitive exploration experience. Artifacts, rock art, middens and cliff dwellings tell a profound story, giving visitors a glimpse of what ancient life was like there. It is a sacred place and a source of pride for Native communities in the area. 🎥: Jayson Barangan, BLM Colorado

#discoverforyourself #seeblm #yourpubliclands #colorado #coloradolife #viewcolorado #colorfulcolorado #scenic #photography #nature #getoutside #outdoors #adventure #seeyououtthere #timelapse
More IG takeover for work ... this time it’s a place with #mana  ... Canyons of the Ancients National Monument ... Repost @mypubliclands with @get_repost ・・・ BLM Colorado’s Instagram takeover continues with highlighting Canyons of the Ancients National Monument, locates in southwest Colorado. Peppered with more than 9,300 archaeological sites representing Ancestral Puebloan and other Native American cultures, Canyons of the Ancients is a gem of BLM’s National Conversation Lands. Neighboring the National Park Service’s Mesa Verde National Park and Hovenweep National Monument, Canyons of the Ancients is woven into the rich cultural tapestry of the famed Four Corners Region. This special place is off the beaten path, offering a primitive exploration experience. Artifacts, rock art, middens and cliff dwellings tell a profound story, giving visitors a glimpse of what ancient life was like there. It is a sacred place and a source of pride for Native communities in the area. 🎥: Jayson Barangan, BLM Colorado #discoverforyourself  #seeblm  #yourpubliclands  #colorado  #coloradolife  #viewcolorado  #colorfulcolorado  #scenic  #photography  #nature  #getoutside  #outdoors  #adventure  #seeyououtthere  #timelapse 
BLM Colorado’s Instagram takeover continues with highlighting Canyons of the Ancients National Monument, locates in southwest Colorado. Peppered with more than 9,300 archaeological sites representing Ancestral Puebloan and other Native American cultures, Canyons of the Ancients is a gem of BLM’s National Conversation Lands. Neighboring the National Park Service’s Mesa Verde National Park and Hovenweep National Monument, Canyons of the Ancients is woven into the rich cultural tapestry of the famed Four Corners Region. This special place is off the beaten path, offering a primitive exploration experience. Artifacts, rock art, middens and cliff dwellings tell a profound story, giving visitors a glimpse of what ancient life was like there. It is a sacred place and a source of pride for Native communities in the area. 🎥: Jayson Barangan, BLM Colorado

#discoverforyourself #seeblm #yourpubliclands #colorado #coloradolife #viewcolorado #colorfulcolorado #scenic #photography #nature #getoutside #outdoors #adventure #seeyououtthere #timelapse
BLM Colorado’s Instagram takeover continues with highlighting Canyons of the Ancients National Monument, locates in southwest Colorado. Peppered with more than 9,300 archaeological sites representing Ancestral Puebloan and other Native American cultures, Canyons of the Ancients is a gem of BLM’s National Conversation Lands. Neighboring the National Park Service’s Mesa Verde National Park and Hovenweep National Monument, Canyons of the Ancients is woven into the rich cultural tapestry of the famed Four Corners Region. This special place is off the beaten path, offering a primitive exploration experience. Artifacts, rock art, middens and cliff dwellings tell a profound story, giving visitors a glimpse of what ancient life was like there. It is a sacred place and a source of pride for Native communities in the area. 🎥: Jayson Barangan, BLM Colorado #discoverforyourself  #seeblm  #yourpubliclands  #colorado  #coloradolife  #viewcolorado  #colorfulcolorado  #scenic  #photography  #nature  #getoutside  #outdoors  #adventure  #seeyououtthere  #timelapse 
Welcome to the BLM Colorado Instagram takeover! We’re at the tail end of the whitewater rafting season, but check out this cool video highlighting the gnarly Gore Canyon on the Upper Colorado River! Gore Canyon, managed by the Kremmling Field Office is a haven for expert boaters looking for risk-taking adventures. Its Class V whitewater rapids make for some extremely challenging rafting and kayaking. Several commercial outfitters offer raft trips in Gore Canyon. 🎥: Jayson Barangan, BLM Colorado

#seeblm #getoutside #yourpubliclands #colorado #coloradolife #viewcolorado #colorfulcolorado #scenic #photography #nature #outdoors #adventure #seeyououtthere #coloradoriver
Welcome to the BLM Colorado Instagram takeover! We’re at the tail end of the whitewater rafting season, but check out this cool video highlighting the gnarly Gore Canyon on the Upper Colorado River! Gore Canyon, managed by the Kremmling Field Office is a haven for expert boaters looking for risk-taking adventures. Its Class V whitewater rapids make for some extremely challenging rafting and kayaking. Several commercial outfitters offer raft trips in Gore Canyon. 🎥: Jayson Barangan, BLM Colorado #seeblm  #getoutside  #yourpubliclands  #colorado  #coloradolife  #viewcolorado  #colorfulcolorado  #scenic  #photography  #nature  #outdoors  #adventure  #seeyououtthere  #coloradoriver 
Colorado’s Racepath Gulch is located in the heart of Bighorn Sheep Canyon in the Arkansas River Canyonlands and has been recognized by the BLM (@mypubliclands) Royal Gorge Field Office (RGFO) for its #landswithwildernesscharacteristics. 
This rugged landscape is comprised of many steep rocky hillsides, meadows, and unique geologic rock features, with a number of drainages, including Texas Creek.  Racepath Gulch is adjacent to the McIntyre Hills Wilderness Study Area (WSA), and shares many of the same wilderness characteristics, wildlife habitat, and biodiversity significance. 
Not only is it important habitat and connectivity zone for area wildlife like Rocky Mountain bighorn sheep, black bear, elk, mule deer, mountain lion, and BLM sensitive species’ Gunnison’s prairie dog, the cliffs and rock outcroppings provide refuge for imperiled and sensitive species such as the Brazilian free tailed bat and bald eagle respectively. 
This region of Bighorn Sheep Canyon, including BLM’s Racepath Gulch area, also supports extraordinary biological features, due to the inclusion of many globally imperiled and vulnerable plant species, including the Arkansas Canyon Stickleaf, Degener beardtongue, Fendler cloak-fern, and jeweled blazingstar.  The Arkansas Canyon Stickleaf is endemic to this region, with this conservation area representing the largest known concentration in the world. 
Racepath Gulch and other similar #BLMWild public lands in the region are deserving of protection. Stay tuned for ways to add your voice! 📸: @ecoflight #yourpubliclands #publiclands #arkansasriver #landscape #wilderness #wildlands #habitat #wildlife #scenic #mountains #connectivity #nature #conservation #environment #outdoors #seeBLM
Colorado’s Racepath Gulch is located in the heart of Bighorn Sheep Canyon in the Arkansas River Canyonlands and has been recognized by the BLM (@mypubliclands) Royal Gorge Field Office (RGFO) for its #landswithwildernesscharacteristics . This rugged landscape is comprised of many steep rocky hillsides, meadows, and unique geologic rock features, with a number of drainages, including Texas Creek. Racepath Gulch is adjacent to the McIntyre Hills Wilderness Study Area (WSA), and shares many of the same wilderness characteristics, wildlife habitat, and biodiversity significance. Not only is it important habitat and connectivity zone for area wildlife like Rocky Mountain bighorn sheep, black bear, elk, mule deer, mountain lion, and BLM sensitive species’ Gunnison’s prairie dog, the cliffs and rock outcroppings provide refuge for imperiled and sensitive species such as the Brazilian free tailed bat and bald eagle respectively. This region of Bighorn Sheep Canyon, including BLM’s Racepath Gulch area, also supports extraordinary biological features, due to the inclusion of many globally imperiled and vulnerable plant species, including the Arkansas Canyon Stickleaf, Degener beardtongue, Fendler cloak-fern, and jeweled blazingstar. The Arkansas Canyon Stickleaf is endemic to this region, with this conservation area representing the largest known concentration in the world. Racepath Gulch and other similar #BLMWild  public lands in the region are deserving of protection. Stay tuned for ways to add your voice! 📸: @ecoflight #yourpubliclands  #publiclands  #arkansasriver  #landscape  #wilderness  #wildlands  #habitat  #wildlife  #scenic  #mountains  #connectivity  #nature  #conservation  #environment  #outdoors  #seeBLM 
BLM’s Racepath Gulch is located in the heart of Bighorn Sheep Canyon in the Arkansas River Canyonlands and has been recognized by the BLM Royal Gorge Field Office’s (RGFO) for its 
#landswithwildernesscharacteristics. 
This rugged landscape is comprised of many steep rocky hillsides, meadows, and unique geologic 
rock features, with a number of drainages, including Texas Creek. Racepath Gulch is adjacent to 
BLM’s McIntyre Hills Wilderness Study Area (WSA), and shares many of the same wilderness 
characteristics, wildlife habitat, and biodiversity significance. 
Not only is it important habitat and connectivity zone for area wildlife like Rocky Mountain 
bighorn sheep, black bear, elk, mule deer, mountain lion, and BLM sensitive species’ Gunnison’s 
prairie dog, the cliffs and rock outcroppings provide refuge for imperiled and sensitive species 
such as the Brazilian free tailed bat and bald eagle respectively. 
This region of Bighorn Sheep Canyon, including BLM’s Racepath Gulch area, also supports 
extraordinary biological features, due to the inclusion of many globally imperiled and vulnerable 
plant species, including the Arkansas Canyon Stickleaf, Degener beardtongue, Fendler cloak-fern, 
and jeweled blazingstar. The Arkansas Canyon Stickleaf is endemic to this region, with this conservation area representing the largest known concentration in the world. 
BLM’s Racepath Gulch and other similar wildlands in the Arkansas River Canyonlands and greater RGFO region are deserving of protection and need your voice in BLM RGFO’s upcoming draft plan, now expected early 2019. 
Stay tuned next week, as we continue to highlight additional wild areas in BLM RGFO, in 
anticipation of their draft plan revision expected later this year. @mypubliclands #BLMWild #SeeBLM #yourpubliclands
BLM’s Racepath Gulch is located in the heart of Bighorn Sheep Canyon in the Arkansas River Canyonlands and has been recognized by the BLM Royal Gorge Field Office’s (RGFO) for its #landswithwildernesscharacteristics . This rugged landscape is comprised of many steep rocky hillsides, meadows, and unique geologic rock features, with a number of drainages, including Texas Creek. Racepath Gulch is adjacent to BLM’s McIntyre Hills Wilderness Study Area (WSA), and shares many of the same wilderness characteristics, wildlife habitat, and biodiversity significance. Not only is it important habitat and connectivity zone for area wildlife like Rocky Mountain bighorn sheep, black bear, elk, mule deer, mountain lion, and BLM sensitive species’ Gunnison’s prairie dog, the cliffs and rock outcroppings provide refuge for imperiled and sensitive species such as the Brazilian free tailed bat and bald eagle respectively. This region of Bighorn Sheep Canyon, including BLM’s Racepath Gulch area, also supports extraordinary biological features, due to the inclusion of many globally imperiled and vulnerable plant species, including the Arkansas Canyon Stickleaf, Degener beardtongue, Fendler cloak-fern, and jeweled blazingstar. The Arkansas Canyon Stickleaf is endemic to this region, with this conservation area representing the largest known concentration in the world. BLM’s Racepath Gulch and other similar wildlands in the Arkansas River Canyonlands and greater RGFO region are deserving of protection and need your voice in BLM RGFO’s upcoming draft plan, now expected early 2019. Stay tuned next week, as we continue to highlight additional wild areas in BLM RGFO, in anticipation of their draft plan revision expected later this year. @mypubliclands #BLMWild  #SeeBLM  #yourpubliclands 
Check out this new study that shows how healthy land and healthy wildlife, which 
support hunting, angling, and wildlife viewing on Bureau of Land Management (BLM) public lands, generate billions of dollars and support thousands of jobs in Western states. 
Colorado’s 8.4 million acres of BLM lands saw 545,107 hunting visits, 326,049 
wildlife-watching visits, and 164,120 fishing visits (in 2016), generating: 
4,595 jobs, $202 Million in salaries and wages, $631 Million in sales, $34 Million 
in state and local tax revenue, and $9 Million in federal tax revenue.
Learn more at pewtrusts.org/wildlifejobs 
#WildlifeRec #BLMWild #SeeBLM #WildColorado #yourpubliclands  @BLMNational @mypubliclands #brownscanyonnationalmonument
Check out this new study that shows how healthy land and healthy wildlife, which support hunting, angling, and wildlife viewing on Bureau of Land Management (BLM) public lands, generate billions of dollars and support thousands of jobs in Western states. Colorado’s 8.4 million acres of BLM lands saw 545,107 hunting visits, 326,049 wildlife-watching visits, and 164,120 fishing visits (in 2016), generating: 4,595 jobs, $202 Million in salaries and wages, $631 Million in sales, $34 Million in state and local tax revenue, and $9 Million in federal tax revenue. Learn more at pewtrusts.org/wildlifejobs #WildlifeRec  #BLMWild  #SeeBLM  #WildColorado  #yourpubliclands  @BLMNational @mypubliclands #brownscanyonnationalmonument 
This week we head up to South Park and explore some of the incredible high elevation #BLMWild 
lands around Reinecker Ridge, one of the highest elevation BLM lands in the state. This unique ridgeline in South Park provides outstanding scenic resources and backcountry recreational 
opportunities, including big game hunting. 
BLM’s Reinecker Ridge and adjacent areas have extraordinary biological features, due to the inclusion of globally rare, unique rich fen wetlands and globally and state rare plants that have 
adapted to the rich fens, including the globally vulnerable Colorado Tansy-aster and other rare 
plant communities. The ridgeline also boasts a healthy mixed forest of limber and bristlecone 
pines, with the latter being among the longest living life forms on Earth! 
The Reinecker Ridge wildlands area, with its varied ecosystems and high biodiversity, also attracts a whole range of valued wildlife species. Reinecker Ridge has breeding ground for the globally 
vulnerable Mountain Plover. It provides habitat for the threatened species, Canadian lynx, an Dz
endangered species candidate,dz boreal toad, a BLM sensitive species, Gunnison’s prairie-dog, and 
other valued species: elk, moose, mule deer, pronghorn, black bear, mountain lion, bobcat, ermine, goshawk, bald eagle, gold eagle, great horned owl, burrowing owl, and migratory snowy owl. 
The importance and significance of Reinecker Ridge is steeped in history. There is strong 
evidence of inhabitation by indigenous peoples as the Reinecker Ridge area has been populated by 
native peoples for millennia. Reinecker Ridge and the adjacent valley were highly valued hunting 
grounds, and possible tribe battlegrounds. 
Stepping even further back in history, Woolly mammoth fossils and bones, estimated at 20,000 years old, were found along the east face of Reinecker Ridge by the USGS in the 1930s. 
These incredible resources at Reinecker Ridge deserve protection and special management from 
the BLM Royal Gorge Field Office. Lend your voice of support in BLM’s upcoming Eastern Colorado Draft plan revision.  @mypubliclands #SeeBLM #yourpubliclands
This week we head up to South Park and explore some of the incredible high elevation #BLMWild  lands around Reinecker Ridge, one of the highest elevation BLM lands in the state. This unique ridgeline in South Park provides outstanding scenic resources and backcountry recreational opportunities, including big game hunting. BLM’s Reinecker Ridge and adjacent areas have extraordinary biological features, due to the inclusion of globally rare, unique rich fen wetlands and globally and state rare plants that have adapted to the rich fens, including the globally vulnerable Colorado Tansy-aster and other rare plant communities. The ridgeline also boasts a healthy mixed forest of limber and bristlecone pines, with the latter being among the longest living life forms on Earth! The Reinecker Ridge wildlands area, with its varied ecosystems and high biodiversity, also attracts a whole range of valued wildlife species. Reinecker Ridge has breeding ground for the globally vulnerable Mountain Plover. It provides habitat for the threatened species, Canadian lynx, an Dz endangered species candidate,dz boreal toad, a BLM sensitive species, Gunnison’s prairie-dog, and other valued species: elk, moose, mule deer, pronghorn, black bear, mountain lion, bobcat, ermine, goshawk, bald eagle, gold eagle, great horned owl, burrowing owl, and migratory snowy owl. The importance and significance of Reinecker Ridge is steeped in history. There is strong evidence of inhabitation by indigenous peoples as the Reinecker Ridge area has been populated by native peoples for millennia. Reinecker Ridge and the adjacent valley were highly valued hunting grounds, and possible tribe battlegrounds. Stepping even further back in history, Woolly mammoth fossils and bones, estimated at 20,000 years old, were found along the east face of Reinecker Ridge by the USGS in the 1930s. These incredible resources at Reinecker Ridge deserve protection and special management from the BLM Royal Gorge Field Office. Lend your voice of support in BLM’s upcoming Eastern Colorado Draft plan revision. @mypubliclands #SeeBLM  #yourpubliclands 
We continue the Nevada #MonumentsForAll team Instagram takeover this week with a video produced by co-chair of the Friends of Basin and Range @checkofoto! Friends of #BasinAndRange celebrated National Public Lands Day this weekend with a campout in the Mt. Irish Archaeological District, a clean up of the sheep winter headquarters, and a hike to the natural arch.  @usinterior @mypubliclands
We continue the Nevada #MonumentsForAll  team Instagram takeover this week with a video produced by co-chair of the Friends of Basin and Range @checkofoto! Friends of #BasinAndRange  celebrated National Public Lands Day this weekend with a campout in the Mt. Irish Archaeological District, a clean up of the sheep winter headquarters, and a hike to the natural arch.  @usinterior @mypubliclands
This week we travel to the west side of Heurfano County in South-central Colorado to the Blanca Massif area of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains, just a few miles southeast of the Great Sand Dunes 
National Park and Preserve. BLM’s Stanley Creek #landswithwildernesscharacteristics is a high 
elevation natural area, adjacent to the Sangre de Cristo Wilderness, San Isabel National Forest, and 
Huerfano State Wildlife area. 
The Stanley Creek #BLMWild area supports a diversity of plant and wildlife habitats, due to its 
topographic variety and assorted ecosystems. Rolling hills are predominant in this unit, consisting 
of open meadows with numerous wildflowers and mixed forest groves of aspen, pinyon pine, 
ponderosa pine, and blue spruce. Riparian life is also abundant in the unit as it sources the Huerfano River, Stanley Creek, Deep Canyon Creek, and Manzanares Creek, among other unnamed 
creeks, tributaries, and gulches that drain south through the unit. 
BLM’s Stanley Creek provides exceptional wildlife habitat and connectivity for numerous wildlife 
species, including black bear, elk, mule deer, white-tailed deer, Rocky Mountain bighorn sheep, 
mountain lion, as well as potential habitat and range for the threatened and endangered species 
Canadian lynx. 
BLM recently documented this natural landscape for its #landswithwildernesscharacteristics, 
however this wild area is not managed for such. This can change! 
We need your voice of support for Stanley Creek and similar wild areas in BLM’s upcoming 
Eastern Colorado Draft plan revision, coming October 2018, with a 90-day public comment period. 
Stay tuned next week as we continue to highlight BLM RGFO’s most awesome wild areas, worthy 
of administrative protection. @Mypubliclands #SeeBLM #yourpubliclands
This week we travel to the west side of Heurfano County in South-central Colorado to the Blanca Massif area of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains, just a few miles southeast of the Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve. BLM’s Stanley Creek #landswithwildernesscharacteristics  is a high elevation natural area, adjacent to the Sangre de Cristo Wilderness, San Isabel National Forest, and Huerfano State Wildlife area. The Stanley Creek #BLMWild  area supports a diversity of plant and wildlife habitats, due to its topographic variety and assorted ecosystems. Rolling hills are predominant in this unit, consisting of open meadows with numerous wildflowers and mixed forest groves of aspen, pinyon pine, ponderosa pine, and blue spruce. Riparian life is also abundant in the unit as it sources the Huerfano River, Stanley Creek, Deep Canyon Creek, and Manzanares Creek, among other unnamed creeks, tributaries, and gulches that drain south through the unit. BLM’s Stanley Creek provides exceptional wildlife habitat and connectivity for numerous wildlife species, including black bear, elk, mule deer, white-tailed deer, Rocky Mountain bighorn sheep, mountain lion, as well as potential habitat and range for the threatened and endangered species Canadian lynx. BLM recently documented this natural landscape for its #landswithwildernesscharacteristics , however this wild area is not managed for such. This can change! We need your voice of support for Stanley Creek and similar wild areas in BLM’s upcoming Eastern Colorado Draft plan revision, coming October 2018, with a 90-day public comment period. Stay tuned next week as we continue to highlight BLM RGFO’s most awesome wild areas, worthy of administrative protection. @Mypubliclands #SeeBLM  #yourpubliclands 
The #BLMWild Cucharas Canyon is a rare intact wild canyon area on Colorado’s eastern plains.  Take a through-hike down the canyon and enjoy the sounds of the trickling river or the cascading song of a canyon wren.  Or visit one of the lookouts on either side for a scenic vista of the Spanish Peaks over this colorful picturesque canyon. 
BLM (@mypubliclands) documented this rugged natural landscape for its #landswithwildernesscharacteristics; however this wild area is not managed to protect these values.

We'll need your voice of support for Cucharas Canyon and similar wild areas in BLM’s upcoming Eastern Colorado Draft plan revision, expected to be released in October 2018, with a 90-day public comment period.  Stay tuned! 📸s: 
1) Credit John Stansfield.
2) Credit John Sztukowski.
3) Credit John Sztukowski. 
#yourpubliclands #publiclands #seeBLM #colorado #canyon #landscape #wilderness #wildlands #getoutdoors #outdoors #recreation #wildlife #scenic #nature #hiking
The #BLMWild  Cucharas Canyon is a rare intact wild canyon area on Colorado’s eastern plains.  Take a through-hike down the canyon and enjoy the sounds of the trickling river or the cascading song of a canyon wren.  Or visit one of the lookouts on either side for a scenic vista of the Spanish Peaks over this colorful picturesque canyon. BLM (@mypubliclands) documented this rugged natural landscape for its #landswithwildernesscharacteristics ; however this wild area is not managed to protect these values. We'll need your voice of support for Cucharas Canyon and similar wild areas in BLM’s upcoming Eastern Colorado Draft plan revision, expected to be released in October 2018, with a 90-day public comment period.  Stay tuned! 📸s: 1) Credit John Stansfield. 2) Credit John Sztukowski. 3) Credit John Sztukowski. #yourpubliclands  #publiclands  #seeBLM  #colorado  #canyon  #landscape  #wilderness  #wildlands  #getoutdoors  #outdoors  #recreation  #wildlife  #scenic  #nature  #hiking 
BLM’s Cucharas Canyon is a rare intact wild canyon area on Colorado’s eastern plains. Once vital 
for Native Indians, American settlers and ranchers, can now be enjoyed as a camping trip, hike, horseback ride, or hunting opportunity. 
Take a through-hike down the canyon and enjoy the sounds of the trickling river or the cascading song of a canyon wren. Or visit one of the lookouts on either side for a scenic vista of the Spanish 
Peaks over this colorful picturesque canyon. 
Life abounds in this wild and exceptional natural area. The Cucharas Canyon area has high habitat 
and range values for a number of wildlife species, including Rocky Mountain bighorn sheep, black 
bear, elk, mule deer, white-tailed deer, pronghorn, mountain lion, as well as valued bird species, 
particularly species of concern, like the scaled quail and bald eagle. 
BLM documented this rugged natural landscape for its #landswithwildernesscharacteristics, 
however this wild area is not managed for such. This can change! 
We need your voice of support for Cucharas Canyon and similar wild areas in BLM’s upcoming 
Eastern Colorado Draft plan revision, coming October 2018, with a 90-day public comment period. 
Stay tuned next week as we continue to highlight BLM RGFO’s most awesome wild areas, worthy 
of administrative protection. @mypubliclands #SeeBLM #yourpubliclands #BLMWild
BLM’s Cucharas Canyon is a rare intact wild canyon area on Colorado’s eastern plains. Once vital for Native Indians, American settlers and ranchers, can now be enjoyed as a camping trip, hike, horseback ride, or hunting opportunity. Take a through-hike down the canyon and enjoy the sounds of the trickling river or the cascading song of a canyon wren. Or visit one of the lookouts on either side for a scenic vista of the Spanish Peaks over this colorful picturesque canyon. Life abounds in this wild and exceptional natural area. The Cucharas Canyon area has high habitat and range values for a number of wildlife species, including Rocky Mountain bighorn sheep, black bear, elk, mule deer, white-tailed deer, pronghorn, mountain lion, as well as valued bird species, particularly species of concern, like the scaled quail and bald eagle. BLM documented this rugged natural landscape for its #landswithwildernesscharacteristics , however this wild area is not managed for such. This can change! We need your voice of support for Cucharas Canyon and similar wild areas in BLM’s upcoming Eastern Colorado Draft plan revision, coming October 2018, with a 90-day public comment period. Stay tuned next week as we continue to highlight BLM RGFO’s most awesome wild areas, worthy of administrative protection. @mypubliclands #SeeBLM  #yourpubliclands  #BLMWild 
BLM’s Cooper Mountain is a large and diverse 20,000+ acre area, bounded by the historic Gold 
Belt Byways of Phantom Canyon Road and Shelf Road between Cañon City and Cripple Creek. 
Recreation is popular to the west in the Garden Park/Oil Well Flats area off of Shelf Road, an area 
also protected for its nationally renowned paleontological sites. 
Cooper Mountain offers excellent opportunities for solitude and backcountry experiences. 
Established trails from either side of the mountain take you from the arid canyon terrain through 
mixed-forests, to high elevation grasslands. Take in views of Pikes Peak, the Wet Mountains, or 
the Sangre de Cristo Mountains from the buttes and lookouts atop Cooper Mountain. 
Cooper Mountain’s rugged topography, but also diverse ecosystems, support many wildlife 
species, including Rocky Mountain bighorn sheep, mountain lion, swift fox, black bear, elk, deer, and pronghorn, not to mention valuable bird species such as the American peregrine falcon, bald 
eagle, golden eagle, scaled quail, great blue heron, and Mexican spotted owl habitat. 
BLM documented this rugged natural landscape for its #landswithwildernesscharacteristics, 
however most of this wild area is currently unprotected. We need your voice of support for Cooper Mountain and similar wild areas in BLM’s upcoming Eastern Colorado Draft plan revision, 
coming October 2018, with a 90-day public comment period. 
Stay tuned next week as we continue to highlight BLM RGFO’s most awesome wild areas worthy of administrative protections. @mypubliclands #seeblm #yourpubliclands #blmwild
BLM’s Cooper Mountain is a large and diverse 20,000+ acre area, bounded by the historic Gold Belt Byways of Phantom Canyon Road and Shelf Road between Cañon City and Cripple Creek. Recreation is popular to the west in the Garden Park/Oil Well Flats area off of Shelf Road, an area also protected for its nationally renowned paleontological sites. Cooper Mountain offers excellent opportunities for solitude and backcountry experiences. Established trails from either side of the mountain take you from the arid canyon terrain through mixed-forests, to high elevation grasslands. Take in views of Pikes Peak, the Wet Mountains, or the Sangre de Cristo Mountains from the buttes and lookouts atop Cooper Mountain. Cooper Mountain’s rugged topography, but also diverse ecosystems, support many wildlife species, including Rocky Mountain bighorn sheep, mountain lion, swift fox, black bear, elk, deer, and pronghorn, not to mention valuable bird species such as the American peregrine falcon, bald eagle, golden eagle, scaled quail, great blue heron, and Mexican spotted owl habitat. BLM documented this rugged natural landscape for its #landswithwildernesscharacteristics , however most of this wild area is currently unprotected. We need your voice of support for Cooper Mountain and similar wild areas in BLM’s upcoming Eastern Colorado Draft plan revision, coming October 2018, with a 90-day public comment period. Stay tuned next week as we continue to highlight BLM RGFO’s most awesome wild areas worthy of administrative protections. @mypubliclands #seeblm  #yourpubliclands  #blmwild 
Black Rock City at sunset is the most magical place 😍❤️🔥 #burningman #burningman2018 #ttitd #ttitd2018 #blackrockcity2018 #seeblm #usinterior #publiclandowner
BLM’s Upper Red Canyon, located north of Cañon City, boasts a massive backcountry complete 
with trickling streams, high grasslands, cavernous valleys, red rock outcroppings, and mountainous views. 
Life abounds in this wild and expansive natural area. Listen for the cascading song of a canyon 
wren, one of the best songsters of the west. Or be on the lookout for other iconic birds in Upper Red Canyon, including the aerial moves of Lewis’s Woodpeckers as they catch insects, or the 
unmistakable great blue heron with its long legs, neck, and dagger like bill, or one of many birds of 
prey on the hunt, including the American Peregrine Falcon and bald eagle. 
Excellent opportunities for primitive recreation are also abundant in Upper Red Canyon, including hunting, fishing, horseback riding, backpacking, hiking, wildlife viewing, and photography. Rock 
climbing is also quite popular in this area, particularly in the eastern section of Upper Red Canyon 
along Shelf Road, which offers first-class climbing on the red sandstone and limestone cliff walls. 
BLM documented this rugged natural landscape for its #landswithwildernesscharacteristics, 
however this wild area is currently unprotected. This can change! 
We need your voice of support for Upper Red Canyon and similar wild areas in BLM’s upcoming 
Eastern Colorado Draft plan revision, coming October 2018, with a 90-day public comment period. 
Stay tuned next week as we continue to highlight BLM RGFO’s most awesome wild areas, worthy 
of administrative protection. @mypubliclands #SeeBLM #yourpubliclands #BLMWild
BLM’s Upper Red Canyon, located north of Cañon City, boasts a massive backcountry complete with trickling streams, high grasslands, cavernous valleys, red rock outcroppings, and mountainous views. Life abounds in this wild and expansive natural area. Listen for the cascading song of a canyon wren, one of the best songsters of the west. Or be on the lookout for other iconic birds in Upper Red Canyon, including the aerial moves of Lewis’s Woodpeckers as they catch insects, or the unmistakable great blue heron with its long legs, neck, and dagger like bill, or one of many birds of prey on the hunt, including the American Peregrine Falcon and bald eagle. Excellent opportunities for primitive recreation are also abundant in Upper Red Canyon, including hunting, fishing, horseback riding, backpacking, hiking, wildlife viewing, and photography. Rock climbing is also quite popular in this area, particularly in the eastern section of Upper Red Canyon along Shelf Road, which offers first-class climbing on the red sandstone and limestone cliff walls. BLM documented this rugged natural landscape for its #landswithwildernesscharacteristics , however this wild area is currently unprotected. This can change! We need your voice of support for Upper Red Canyon and similar wild areas in BLM’s upcoming Eastern Colorado Draft plan revision, coming October 2018, with a 90-day public comment period. Stay tuned next week as we continue to highlight BLM RGFO’s most awesome wild areas, worthy of administrative protection. @mypubliclands #SeeBLM  #yourpubliclands  #BLMWild 
Eightmile Mountain is one of the wildest unprotected areas in the @mypubliclands (BLM) Royal Gorge Field Office in Colorado.  Its deep valleys, rolling hills, and mountain ridges provide excellent opportunities for primitive recreation and solitude, as well as support a wide variety of plant species and wildlife habitat. 
This 19,000+ contiguous acre area provides high habitat and range values for black bear, elk, deer, pronghorn, mountain lion, Abert's squirrel, and Brazilian free tailed bat.  Valued bird species also take refuge in this #BLMWild area, including the bald eagle, scaled quail, wild turkey, and Lewis’s woodpecker. 
A hike or horseback to Thompson Point from one of two BLM trailheads offers an incredible Colorado viewscape of the snowcapped Sangre de Cristo Mountains draping over central Colorado’s canyon country, highlighted by the Arkansas River and Bighorn Sheep Canyon. 
The BLM documented this rugged and awesome landscape for its #landswithwildernesscharacteristics, however this wild area currently has no protections.  Stay tuned for opportunities in October to make your voice heard! 📸s:
1) Credit Kate Spinelli.
2) Credit Kate Spinelli. 
3) Credit @wildconnectionsorg. 
#publiclands #yourpubliclands #seeBLM #colorado #wilderness #wildlands #wildlife #landscape #conservation #habitat #recreation #scenic #mountains #arkansasriver #royalgorge #outdoorrecreation #outdoors
Eightmile Mountain is one of the wildest unprotected areas in the @mypubliclands (BLM) Royal Gorge Field Office in Colorado.  Its deep valleys, rolling hills, and mountain ridges provide excellent opportunities for primitive recreation and solitude, as well as support a wide variety of plant species and wildlife habitat. This 19,000+ contiguous acre area provides high habitat and range values for black bear, elk, deer, pronghorn, mountain lion, Abert's squirrel, and Brazilian free tailed bat.  Valued bird species also take refuge in this #BLMWild  area, including the bald eagle, scaled quail, wild turkey, and Lewis’s woodpecker. A hike or horseback to Thompson Point from one of two BLM trailheads offers an incredible Colorado viewscape of the snowcapped Sangre de Cristo Mountains draping over central Colorado’s canyon country, highlighted by the Arkansas River and Bighorn Sheep Canyon. The BLM documented this rugged and awesome landscape for its #landswithwildernesscharacteristics , however this wild area currently has no protections.  Stay tuned for opportunities in October to make your voice heard! 📸s: 1) Credit Kate Spinelli. 2) Credit Kate Spinelli.  3) Credit @wildconnectionsorg. #publiclands  #yourpubliclands  #seeBLM  #colorado  #wilderness  #wildlands  #wildlife  #landscape  #conservation  #habitat  #recreation  #scenic  #mountains  #arkansasriver  #royalgorge  #outdoorrecreation  #outdoors 
Eightmile Mountain is one of the wildest unprotected areas in the BLM Royal Gorge Field Office. 
Its deep valleys, rolling hills, and mountain ridges provide excellent opportunities for primitive 
recreation and solitude, as well as support a wide variety of plant species and wildlife habitat. 
This 19,000+ contiguous acre area provides high habitat and range values for black bear, elk, deer, 
pronghorn, mountain lion, Aberts squirrel, and Brazilian free tailed bat. Valued bird species also take refuge in this #BLMWild area, including the bald eagle, scaled quail, wild turkey, and Lewis’s 
woodpecker. 
A hike or horseback to Thompson Point, from one of two BLM trailheads, offers an incredible Colorado viewscape: scenic landscape views of the snowcapped Sangre de Cristo Mountains 
draping over central Colorado’s canyon country, highlighted by the Arkansas River and Bighorn Sheep Canyon. 
BLM Royal Gorge documented this rugged and awesome landscape for its 
#landswithwildernesscharacteristics, however this wild area currently has no protections. This can change! 
We need your voice of support for Eightmile Mountain and similarly wild areas in BLM’s upcoming Eastern Colorado Draft plan revision, expected to be released in Oct 2018, with a 90-day public comment period. 
Stay tuned the next few weeks as we continue to highlight BLM RGFO’s most awesome wild areas, 
worthy of administration protection.  @mypubliclands #SeeBLM #yourpubliclands
Eightmile Mountain is one of the wildest unprotected areas in the BLM Royal Gorge Field Office. Its deep valleys, rolling hills, and mountain ridges provide excellent opportunities for primitive recreation and solitude, as well as support a wide variety of plant species and wildlife habitat. This 19,000+ contiguous acre area provides high habitat and range values for black bear, elk, deer, pronghorn, mountain lion, Aberts squirrel, and Brazilian free tailed bat. Valued bird species also take refuge in this #BLMWild  area, including the bald eagle, scaled quail, wild turkey, and Lewis’s woodpecker. A hike or horseback to Thompson Point, from one of two BLM trailheads, offers an incredible Colorado viewscape: scenic landscape views of the snowcapped Sangre de Cristo Mountains draping over central Colorado’s canyon country, highlighted by the Arkansas River and Bighorn Sheep Canyon. BLM Royal Gorge documented this rugged and awesome landscape for its #landswithwildernesscharacteristics , however this wild area currently has no protections. This can change! We need your voice of support for Eightmile Mountain and similarly wild areas in BLM’s upcoming Eastern Colorado Draft plan revision, expected to be released in Oct 2018, with a 90-day public comment period. Stay tuned the next few weeks as we continue to highlight BLM RGFO’s most awesome wild areas, worthy of administration protection. @mypubliclands #SeeBLM  #yourpubliclands 
Falls Gulch Mountain and the Sand Gulch area north of Cotopaxi, Colorado offer exceptional backcountry hiking and big game hunting opportunities.  The region encompasses the epitome of the #BLMWild Arkansas River Canyonlands with dense pinion-juniper woodlands that roll over hilly and canyoned terrain, while also providing mid-elevation mixed forests in the higher sections to the north. 
@mypubliclands’ North of Cotopaxi unit also encompasses rare and vulnerable riparian plant communities and wetlands on the east side of Falls Gulch Mountain, an area so diverse that @wildconnectionsorg and partners hosted a public BioBlitz here a few years ago to document the area’s rich biodiversity. 
A hike to the top of Falls Gulch Mountain offers incredible views of the surrounding Bighorn Sheep Canyon with the jagged Sangre de Cristo Mountains providing a picturesque background. 
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) documented this incredible landscape for its #landswithwildernesscharacteristics, however this special wild area currently has no protections.  Stay tuned for ways to add your voice! 📸s: 
1) Credit @ecoflight

2) Credit Kate Spinelli 
#publiclands #yourpubliclands #seeBLM #arkansasriver #mountains #landscape #outdoors #wilderness #wildlands #biodiversity #getoutdoors #backcountry #hiking #canyonlands #cotopaxi #colorado #habitat #hunting #wildlife #nature #conservation
Falls Gulch Mountain and the Sand Gulch area north of Cotopaxi, Colorado offer exceptional backcountry hiking and big game hunting opportunities.  The region encompasses the epitome of the #BLMWild  Arkansas River Canyonlands with dense pinion-juniper woodlands that roll over hilly and canyoned terrain, while also providing mid-elevation mixed forests in the higher sections to the north. @mypubliclands’ North of Cotopaxi unit also encompasses rare and vulnerable riparian plant communities and wetlands on the east side of Falls Gulch Mountain, an area so diverse that @wildconnectionsorg and partners hosted a public BioBlitz here a few years ago to document the area’s rich biodiversity. A hike to the top of Falls Gulch Mountain offers incredible views of the surrounding Bighorn Sheep Canyon with the jagged Sangre de Cristo Mountains providing a picturesque background. The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) documented this incredible landscape for its #landswithwildernesscharacteristics , however this special wild area currently has no protections.  Stay tuned for ways to add your voice! 📸s: 1) Credit @ecoflight 2) Credit Kate Spinelli #publiclands  #yourpubliclands  #seeBLM  #arkansasriver  #mountains  #landscape  #outdoors  #wilderness  #wildlands  #biodiversity  #getoutdoors  #backcountry  #hiking  #canyonlands  #cotopaxi  #colorado  #habitat  #hunting  #wildlife  #nature  #conservation 
Falls Gulch Mountain and the Sand Gulch area North of Cotopaxi offer exceptional backcountry 
hiking and big game hunting opportunities. It encompasses the epitome of the Arkansas River 
Canyonlands with dense pinion-juniper woodlands that roll over hilly and canyoned terrain, while also providing mid-elevation mixed forests in the higher sections to the north. 
BLM’s North of Cotopaxi unit also encompasses rare and vulnerable riparian plant communities and wetlands on the east side of Falls Gulch Mountain, an area so diverse that Wild Connections 
and partners hosted a public BioBlitz here a few years ago to document the area’s rich biodiversity. 
A hike to the top of Falls Gulch Mountain offers incredible views of the surrounding Bighorn Sheep Canyon with the jagged Sangre de Cristo Mountains providing a picturesque background. 
BLM Royal Gorge documented this incredible landscape for its 
#landswithwildernesscharacteristics, however this special wild area currently has no protections. 
This can change! We need your voice of support for North of Cotopaxi and similarly wild areas in 
BLM’s upcoming Eastern Colorado Draft plan revision, scheduled to be released in Oct 2018, with a 90-day public comment period. 
Stay tuned the next few weeks as we continue to highlight BLM RGFO’s most awesome wild areas, 
worthy of administration protection. @mypubliclands #SeeBLM #yourpubliclands #BLMWild
Falls Gulch Mountain and the Sand Gulch area North of Cotopaxi offer exceptional backcountry hiking and big game hunting opportunities. It encompasses the epitome of the Arkansas River Canyonlands with dense pinion-juniper woodlands that roll over hilly and canyoned terrain, while also providing mid-elevation mixed forests in the higher sections to the north. BLM’s North of Cotopaxi unit also encompasses rare and vulnerable riparian plant communities and wetlands on the east side of Falls Gulch Mountain, an area so diverse that Wild Connections and partners hosted a public BioBlitz here a few years ago to document the area’s rich biodiversity. A hike to the top of Falls Gulch Mountain offers incredible views of the surrounding Bighorn Sheep Canyon with the jagged Sangre de Cristo Mountains providing a picturesque background. BLM Royal Gorge documented this incredible landscape for its #landswithwildernesscharacteristics , however this special wild area currently has no protections. This can change! We need your voice of support for North of Cotopaxi and similarly wild areas in BLM’s upcoming Eastern Colorado Draft plan revision, scheduled to be released in Oct 2018, with a 90-day public comment period. Stay tuned the next few weeks as we continue to highlight BLM RGFO’s most awesome wild areas, worthy of administration protection. @mypubliclands #SeeBLM  #yourpubliclands  #BLMWild 
Beautiful hike this weekend up Emerald Valley in @blmcoloraod Beaver Creek Wilderness Study Area. See www.wildconnections.com for upcoming events. Thanks @curtnimz for the photos! @mypubliclands #seeblm #blmwild #yourpubliclands
Beautiful hike this weekend up Emerald Valley in @blmcoloraod Beaver Creek Wilderness Study Area. See www.wildconnections.com for upcoming events. Thanks @curtnimz for the photos! @mypubliclands #seeblm  #blmwild  #yourpubliclands 
Colorado's Badger Creek and smaller feeder tributaries dissect the rugged, arid terrain of Bighorn Sheep Canyon, including navigating through steep red sandstone uplifts in this area.  The lively, yearlong running Badger Creek, one of few perennial streams in the region, flows a few miles through this unit, before depositing in the mighty Arkansas River. 
Badger Creek offers excellent opportunities for trout fishing, hiking, and wildlife viewing.  You may see a herd of Rocky Mountain Bighorn Sheep, mule deer, brown trout, bald eagle, or many other forms of life that depend on this important waterway. 
@mypubliclands documented Badger Creek South for its #landswithwildernesscharacteristics in 2014, however it is currently unprotected. Stay tuned for opportunities to help safeguard this #BLMWild place! 📸s:

1) Credit @ecoflight.

2) Credit John Sztukowski. 
3) Credit John Sztukowski.

#publiclands #yourpubliclands #seeBLM #wilderness #wildlands #landscape #colorado #badgercreek #arkansasriver #wildlife #habitat #bighornsheep #scenic #nature #environment #mountains #water #recreation #outdoors #hiking #fishing
Colorado's Badger Creek and smaller feeder tributaries dissect the rugged, arid terrain of Bighorn Sheep Canyon, including navigating through steep red sandstone uplifts in this area.  The lively, yearlong running Badger Creek, one of few perennial streams in the region, flows a few miles through this unit, before depositing in the mighty Arkansas River. Badger Creek offers excellent opportunities for trout fishing, hiking, and wildlife viewing.  You may see a herd of Rocky Mountain Bighorn Sheep, mule deer, brown trout, bald eagle, or many other forms of life that depend on this important waterway. @mypubliclands documented Badger Creek South for its #landswithwildernesscharacteristics  in 2014, however it is currently unprotected. Stay tuned for opportunities to help safeguard this #BLMWild  place! 📸s: 1) Credit @ecoflight. 2) Credit John Sztukowski. 3) Credit John Sztukowski. #publiclands  #yourpubliclands  #seeBLM  #wilderness  #wildlands  #landscape  #colorado  #badgercreek  #arkansasriver  #wildlife  #habitat  #bighornsheep  #scenic  #nature  #environment  #mountains  #water  #recreation  #outdoors  #hiking  #fishing 
Badger Creek and smaller feeder tributaries dissect the rugged, arid terrain of Bighorn Sheep 
Canyon, including navigating through steep red sandstone uplifts in this area. The lively, yearlong 
running Badger Creek, one of few perennial streams in the region, flows a few miles through this 
unit, before depositing in the mighty Arkansas River. 
Badger Creek offers excellent opportunities for trout fishing, hiking, and wildlife viewing. You 
may see a herd of Rocky Mountain Bighorn Sheep, mule deer, brown trout, bald eagle, or many 
other forms of life that depend on this important waterway. 
BLM documented Badger Creek South for its #landswithwildernesscharacteristics in 2014, 
however it is currently unprotected. This area is just as wild and deserving of protection as the 
adjacent 25,000 plus acre Badger Creek proposed wilderness to the north, which was just 
proposed in @RepDianaDeGette’s 2018 Colorado Wilderness Act. #COWilderness2018 
Stay tuned for next week as we continue to highlight the wildest areas in BLM RGFO, in 
anticipation of their draft plan revision, now expected to be released to the public in October 2018 
with a 90-day public comment period! @mypubliclands #SeeBLM #yourpubliclands #BLMWild
Badger Creek and smaller feeder tributaries dissect the rugged, arid terrain of Bighorn Sheep Canyon, including navigating through steep red sandstone uplifts in this area. The lively, yearlong running Badger Creek, one of few perennial streams in the region, flows a few miles through this unit, before depositing in the mighty Arkansas River. Badger Creek offers excellent opportunities for trout fishing, hiking, and wildlife viewing. You may see a herd of Rocky Mountain Bighorn Sheep, mule deer, brown trout, bald eagle, or many other forms of life that depend on this important waterway. BLM documented Badger Creek South for its #landswithwildernesscharacteristics  in 2014, however it is currently unprotected. This area is just as wild and deserving of protection as the adjacent 25,000 plus acre Badger Creek proposed wilderness to the north, which was just proposed in @RepDianaDeGette’s 2018 Colorado Wilderness Act. #COWilderness2018  Stay tuned for next week as we continue to highlight the wildest areas in BLM RGFO, in anticipation of their draft plan revision, now expected to be released to the public in October 2018 with a 90-day public comment period! @mypubliclands #SeeBLM  #yourpubliclands  #BLMWild 
Badger Creek is one of few perennial streams in Colorado's rugged Arkansas River Canyonlands.  A hike along this vegetated creek illustrates the great amount of life that this watershed supports: from vulnerable riparian plant communities, aquatic insects and brook trout; to deer, bighorn sheep and mountain lions; to bald eagles, Mexican spotted owls and wild turkeys. 
This incredible BLM #landswithwildernesscharacteristics reaches over 11,000 feet atop Jack Hall Mountain, one of the highest peaks in the area and one of a few spots you can find bristlecone pine trees in the region.  This #BLMWild peak offers breathtaking views of Bighorn Sheep Canyon below and the scenic Sangre de Cristo Mountains and Wilderness across the Arkansas River. 
Badger Creek North is more than deserving of protection and needs your voice in the BLM's upcoming draft management plan. Stay tuned for opportunities to comment! 📸s:

1) Credit John Sztukowski.

2) Credit @ecoflight.

3) Credit Kate Spinelli.

#publiclands #yourpubliclands #seeBLM #wilderness #wildlands #landscape #colorado #badgercreek #arkansasriver #wildlife #habitat #bighornsheep #scenic #nature #environment #mountains #water #recreation #outdoors
Badger Creek is one of few perennial streams in Colorado's rugged Arkansas River Canyonlands.  A hike along this vegetated creek illustrates the great amount of life that this watershed supports: from vulnerable riparian plant communities, aquatic insects and brook trout; to deer, bighorn sheep and mountain lions; to bald eagles, Mexican spotted owls and wild turkeys. This incredible BLM #landswithwildernesscharacteristics  reaches over 11,000 feet atop Jack Hall Mountain, one of the highest peaks in the area and one of a few spots you can find bristlecone pine trees in the region.  This #BLMWild  peak offers breathtaking views of Bighorn Sheep Canyon below and the scenic Sangre de Cristo Mountains and Wilderness across the Arkansas River. Badger Creek North is more than deserving of protection and needs your voice in the BLM's upcoming draft management plan. Stay tuned for opportunities to comment! 📸s: 1) Credit John Sztukowski. 2) Credit @ecoflight. 3) Credit Kate Spinelli. #publiclands  #yourpubliclands  #seeBLM  #wilderness  #wildlands  #landscape  #colorado  #badgercreek  #arkansasriver  #wildlife  #habitat  #bighornsheep  #scenic  #nature  #environment  #mountains  #water  #recreation  #outdoors 
Badger Creek is one of few perennial streams in the rugged Arkansas River Canyonlands. A hike 
along this vegetated creek illustrates the great amount of life that this watershed supports: from 
vulnerable riparian plant communities, aquatic insects and brook trout, to deer, bighorn sheep 
and mountain lions, to bald eagles, Mexican spotted owls and wild turkeys. 
This incredible BLM #landswithwildernesscharacteristics reaches over 11,000 feet, atop Jack Hall 
Mountain, one of the highest peaks in the area and few spots you can find bristlecone pine trees in the region. This BLM peak offers breathtaking views of Bighorn Sheep Canyon below and the 
scenic Sangre de Cristo Mountains and Wilderness across the Arkansas River. 
Badger Creek headwaters begin in the adjacent USFS National Forest, and along with this 
#BLMWild area, form over 25,000 acres of intact wilderness, which was just proposed in
@RepDianaDeGette’s Colorado Wilderness Act. #COWilderness2018 
However, this important and wild area is currently unprotected. Badger Creek North is more 
than deserving of protection and needs your voice in BLM RGFO’s upcoming draft plan. 
Stay tuned for next week for a look at Badger Creek South, as we continue to highlight the wildest 
areas in BLM RGFO, in anticipation of their draft plan revision, expected to be released in October 
2018 with a 90-day public comment period.
@Mypubliclands #SeeBLM #yourpubliclands
Badger Creek is one of few perennial streams in the rugged Arkansas River Canyonlands. A hike along this vegetated creek illustrates the great amount of life that this watershed supports: from vulnerable riparian plant communities, aquatic insects and brook trout, to deer, bighorn sheep and mountain lions, to bald eagles, Mexican spotted owls and wild turkeys. This incredible BLM #landswithwildernesscharacteristics  reaches over 11,000 feet, atop Jack Hall Mountain, one of the highest peaks in the area and few spots you can find bristlecone pine trees in the region. This BLM peak offers breathtaking views of Bighorn Sheep Canyon below and the scenic Sangre de Cristo Mountains and Wilderness across the Arkansas River. Badger Creek headwaters begin in the adjacent USFS National Forest, and along with this #BLMWild  area, form over 25,000 acres of intact wilderness, which was just proposed in @RepDianaDeGette’s Colorado Wilderness Act. #COWilderness2018  However, this important and wild area is currently unprotected. Badger Creek North is more than deserving of protection and needs your voice in BLM RGFO’s upcoming draft plan. Stay tuned for next week for a look at Badger Creek South, as we continue to highlight the wildest areas in BLM RGFO, in anticipation of their draft plan revision, expected to be released in October 2018 with a 90-day public comment period. @Mypubliclands #SeeBLM  #yourpubliclands 
Bear Mountain, located in the heart of Bighorn Sheep Canyon in the Arkansas River Canyonlands, is BLM Royal Gorge Field Office’s (RGFO) most recent area recognized for its 
#landswithwildernesscharacteristics  This rugged and scenic area is worthy of BLM RGFO administrative protections. Not only is it important habitat and connectivity zone for area wildlife like Rocky Mountain bighorn sheep, black bear, elk, mule deer, mountain lion, and BLM sensitive species’ Gunnison’s prairie dog, the 
cliffs and rock outcroppings provide excellent forage, range, and/or nesting for critical and 
valuable birds of prey such as the bald eagle, American peregrine falcon, and Mexican spotted owl. 
The Bear Mountain region also supports extraordinary biological features, including the largest 
known concentration of the globally imperiled species, the Arkansas Canyon Stickleaf, endemic to 
only Chaffee and Fremont Counties. 
However, this important area is bookended by motorized areas and illegal motorized 
encroachment is a real issue for local flora and fauna. Bear Mountain is deserving of protection 
and needs your voice in BLM RGFO’s upcoming draft plan. 
Stay tuned for next week, as we continue to highlight the wildest areas in BLM RGFO, in anticipation of their draft plan revision expected later this year.
@mypubliclands #blmwild #seeblm #yourpubliclands
Bear Mountain, located in the heart of Bighorn Sheep Canyon in the Arkansas River Canyonlands, is BLM Royal Gorge Field Office’s (RGFO) most recent area recognized for its #landswithwildernesscharacteristics  This rugged and scenic area is worthy of BLM RGFO administrative protections. Not only is it important habitat and connectivity zone for area wildlife like Rocky Mountain bighorn sheep, black bear, elk, mule deer, mountain lion, and BLM sensitive species’ Gunnison’s prairie dog, the cliffs and rock outcroppings provide excellent forage, range, and/or nesting for critical and valuable birds of prey such as the bald eagle, American peregrine falcon, and Mexican spotted owl. The Bear Mountain region also supports extraordinary biological features, including the largest known concentration of the globally imperiled species, the Arkansas Canyon Stickleaf, endemic to only Chaffee and Fremont Counties. However, this important area is bookended by motorized areas and illegal motorized encroachment is a real issue for local flora and fauna. Bear Mountain is deserving of protection and needs your voice in BLM RGFO’s upcoming draft plan. Stay tuned for next week, as we continue to highlight the wildest areas in BLM RGFO, in anticipation of their draft plan revision expected later this year. @mypubliclands #blmwild  #seeblm  #yourpubliclands 
We're continuing our exploration of #BLMwild lands in the Royal Gorge Field Office of Colorado! This week's feature is Echo Canyon - Table Mountain, one of the wildest and inaccessible BLM areas in Bighorn Sheep Canyon, and also the largest contiguous BLM area managed by the Royal Gorge Field Office, containing over 30,000 acres of #landswithwildernesscharacteristics.  However this area lacks appropriate protections and needs your voice and support when BLM RGFO’s draft plan is released later this year. 
The scenic Table Mountain over Echo Canyon can be glimpsed from a drive along US Highway 50, or better yet, via a raft or kayak on the Arkansas River. 
This incredible area is an important wildlife corridor and habitat for many area species, including Rocky Mountain bighorn sheep, black bear, elk, mule deer, pronghorn, mountain lion, as well as iconic and/or endangered bird of prey species such as the bald eagle, American peregrine falcon, and Mexican spotted owl. 
We need your voice in support of protecting these still wild places!  We will continue highlighting these important unprotected public lands weekly, in anticipation of BLM RGFO’s draft plan due out later this year. 
@mypubliclands @wildconnectionsorg #mypubliclands #colorado #royalgorge #seeBLM #bureauoflandmanagement #outdoors #explore #tablemountain #echocanyon #scenic #nature #wildlife 📸 1 Table Mt over Little Hole, credit EcoFlight
📸 2 Group Hike down Table Mt, credit Kristin Skoog
📸 3 Table Mt over Echo Canyon, credit Kate Spinelli
We're continuing our exploration of #BLMwild  lands in the Royal Gorge Field Office of Colorado! This week's feature is Echo Canyon - Table Mountain, one of the wildest and inaccessible BLM areas in Bighorn Sheep Canyon, and also the largest contiguous BLM area managed by the Royal Gorge Field Office, containing over 30,000 acres of #landswithwildernesscharacteristics .  However this area lacks appropriate protections and needs your voice and support when BLM RGFO’s draft plan is released later this year. The scenic Table Mountain over Echo Canyon can be glimpsed from a drive along US Highway 50, or better yet, via a raft or kayak on the Arkansas River. This incredible area is an important wildlife corridor and habitat for many area species, including Rocky Mountain bighorn sheep, black bear, elk, mule deer, pronghorn, mountain lion, as well as iconic and/or endangered bird of prey species such as the bald eagle, American peregrine falcon, and Mexican spotted owl. We need your voice in support of protecting these still wild places!  We will continue highlighting these important unprotected public lands weekly, in anticipation of BLM RGFO’s draft plan due out later this year. @mypubliclands @wildconnectionsorg #mypubliclands  #colorado  #royalgorge  #seeBLM  #bureauoflandmanagement  #outdoors  #explore  #tablemountain  #echocanyon  #scenic  #nature  #wildlife  📸 1 Table Mt over Little Hole, credit EcoFlight 📸 2 Group Hike down Table Mt, credit Kristin Skoog 📸 3 Table Mt over Echo Canyon, credit Kate Spinelli
Our BLM feature this week is Echo Canyon - Table Mountain, one of the wildest and inaccessible BLM areas in Bighorn Sheep Canyon, and also the largest contiguous BLM area managed by the 
Royal Gorge Field Office (RGFO), containing over 30,000 acres of 
#landswithwildernesscharacteristics . However this area lacks appropriate protections and needs your voice and support when BLM RGFO’s draft plan is released later this year, with a 90-day 
public comment period. 
The scenic Table Mountain over Echo Canyon can be glimpsed from a drive along US Highway 50, 
or better yet, via a raft or kayak on the Arkansas River. 
This incredible area is an important wildlife corridor and habitat for many area species, including 
Rocky Mountain bighorn sheep, black bear, elk, mule deer, pronghorn, mountain lion, as well as 
iconic and/or endangered bird of prey species such as the bald eagle, American peregrine falcon, and Mexican spotted owl. 
We need your voice in support of protecting these still wild places! We will continue 
highlighting these important unprotected public lands weekly, in anticipation of BLM RGFO’s draft 
plan due out later this year. @mypubliclands #blmwild #seeblm #yourpubliclands
Our BLM feature this week is Echo Canyon - Table Mountain, one of the wildest and inaccessible BLM areas in Bighorn Sheep Canyon, and also the largest contiguous BLM area managed by the Royal Gorge Field Office (RGFO), containing over 30,000 acres of #landswithwildernesscharacteristics  . However this area lacks appropriate protections and needs your voice and support when BLM RGFO’s draft plan is released later this year, with a 90-day public comment period. The scenic Table Mountain over Echo Canyon can be glimpsed from a drive along US Highway 50, or better yet, via a raft or kayak on the Arkansas River. This incredible area is an important wildlife corridor and habitat for many area species, including Rocky Mountain bighorn sheep, black bear, elk, mule deer, pronghorn, mountain lion, as well as iconic and/or endangered bird of prey species such as the bald eagle, American peregrine falcon, and Mexican spotted owl. We need your voice in support of protecting these still wild places! We will continue highlighting these important unprotected public lands weekly, in anticipation of BLM RGFO’s draft plan due out later this year. @mypubliclands #blmwild  #seeblm  #yourpubliclands 
Bighorn Sheep Canyon is a vast scenic and wild landscape along the Arkansas River between Salida and Cañon City, Colorado.  This area is predominantly Bureau of Land Management (BLM) public lands managed by the Royal Gorge Field Office (RGFO), which is in the middle of a land use plan revision that will affect how these lands will be managed for the foreseeable future. 
Over the next several weeks we, @wildconnectionsorg, and other #BLMWild partners will showcase some of the spectacular public lands that local advocates are working to protect. 📷s: 
1) Bighorn Sheep Canyon, Echo Canyon, Table Mountain, credit @ecoflight

2) Table Mountain, eastern Bighorn Sheep Canyon,credit @ecoflight 
3) Pikes Peak over Table Mountain, Echo Canyon, Arkansas Canyonlands, credit @greenriverscott via @ecoflight

#yourpubliclands #seeBLM #bureauoflandmanagement #publiclands #bighornsheepcanyon #arkansasriver #royalgorge #landscape #wildlands #wilderness #colorado #scenic #nature #environment #landscapephotography #outdoors #explore @mypubliclands
Bighorn Sheep Canyon is a vast scenic and wild landscape along the Arkansas River between Salida and Cañon City, Colorado.  This area is predominantly Bureau of Land Management (BLM) public lands managed by the Royal Gorge Field Office (RGFO), which is in the middle of a land use plan revision that will affect how these lands will be managed for the foreseeable future. Over the next several weeks we, @wildconnectionsorg, and other #BLMWild  partners will showcase some of the spectacular public lands that local advocates are working to protect. 📷s: 1) Bighorn Sheep Canyon, Echo Canyon, Table Mountain, credit @ecoflight 2) Table Mountain, eastern Bighorn Sheep Canyon,credit @ecoflight 3) Pikes Peak over Table Mountain, Echo Canyon, Arkansas Canyonlands, credit @greenriverscott via @ecoflight #yourpubliclands  #seeBLM  #bureauoflandmanagement  #publiclands  #bighornsheepcanyon  #arkansasriver  #royalgorge  #landscape  #wildlands  #wilderness  #colorado  #scenic  #nature  #environment  #landscapephotography  #outdoors  #explore  @mypubliclands
Join us for an exploration of Bureau of Land Management (BLM) lands in central Colorado, featuring Bighorn Sheep Canyon, a vast scenic landscape along the Arkansas River between Salida and Cañon City, CO. This area is predominantly #blm public lands, managed by the Royal Gorge Field Office (RGFO), who is amid a management plan revision, which will affect how these lands will be managed for the foreseeable future.  Over the next several weeks we will showcase some of these spectacular local BLM wildlands. Wild Connections and our partners are currently working to gain administrative protections for these special areas.  We need your voice to protect these still wild places!  @mypubliclands #blmwild #seeblm #yourpubliclands
Join us for an exploration of Bureau of Land Management (BLM) lands in central Colorado, featuring Bighorn Sheep Canyon, a vast scenic landscape along the Arkansas River between Salida and Cañon City, CO. This area is predominantly #blm  public lands, managed by the Royal Gorge Field Office (RGFO), who is amid a management plan revision, which will affect how these lands will be managed for the foreseeable future. Over the next several weeks we will showcase some of these spectacular local BLM wildlands. Wild Connections and our partners are currently working to gain administrative protections for these special areas. We need your voice to protect these still wild places! @mypubliclands #blmwild  #seeblm  #yourpubliclands 
White Sands Sunset - Jan 2018
White Sands Sunset - Jan 2018
Question mark Swirl in the slickrock.
Question mark Swirl in the slickrock.
Memorial Day is for remembering and honoring those fallen soldiers who have come before us.  And while 
they're not here now to tell us how to do that, as a veteran myself I think I can give some advice. Be happy. Enjoy yourself. Especially if your enjoying something those guys protected by giving their lives.

For some it's just staying home and playing video games all day.  Right now I'm thinking of some burgers or BBQ in the park.  Or I'm always a fan of heading out into the county and enjoying this beautiful land.  Anyway a high-five to you and anybody else you come across enjoying what life has to offer.
Memorial Day is for remembering and honoring those fallen soldiers who have come before us.  And while  they're not here now to tell us how to do that, as a veteran myself I think I can give some advice. Be happy. Enjoy yourself. Especially if your enjoying something those guys protected by giving their lives. For some it's just staying home and playing video games all day.  Right now I'm thinking of some burgers or BBQ in the park.  Or I'm always a fan of heading out into the county and enjoying this beautiful land.  Anyway a high-five to you and anybody else you come across enjoying what life has to offer.
There were a lot of pottery shards in this corner of the ruin.  Maybe it was the old storage area?
There were a lot of pottery shards in this corner of the ruin.  Maybe it was the old storage area?
A break from the rock swirls.  Not only did native people used to live on this land but much of it was quite heavily populated.  All of the Mesas in this part of North Arizona are covered in living areas from the Natives that used to live here.  Days down in the valley's tending crops, nights up in their protected communes.  They were probably able to see the firest and smoke of their neighoring living areas, the entire tribe living up on a much larger mesa that is almost impervious to access from the North, East, and South.
A break from the rock swirls.  Not only did native people used to live on this land but much of it was quite heavily populated.  All of the Mesas in this part of North Arizona are covered in living areas from the Natives that used to live here.  Days down in the valley's tending crops, nights up in their protected communes.  They were probably able to see the firest and smoke of their neighoring living areas, the entire tribe living up on a much larger mesa that is almost impervious to access from the North, East, and South.
More White Pocket swirls.  I have like 100 of these, I'll try not to spam them all.
White Pocket, Vermillion Cliffs.
More White Pocket swirls.  I have like 100 of these, I'll try not to spam them all. White Pocket, Vermillion Cliffs.
The Eye of Sauron!
White Pocket, Vermillion Cliffs.

Actually I guess it's not Sauron if it's below the peak?  Or I'm just overthinking the cool shapes and swirls all over the area.  If you're a sucker for cool textures and shapes etched into the rock you'll love this place.  I spent 90% of the time just photographing the ground under my feet.
The Eye of Sauron! White Pocket, Vermillion Cliffs. Actually I guess it's not Sauron if it's below the peak?  Or I'm just overthinking the cool shapes and swirls all over the area.  If you're a sucker for cool textures and shapes etched into the rock you'll love this place.  I spent 90% of the time just photographing the ground under my feet.
Great hike with @coloradomtnclub into BLM’s Beaver Creek #wildernessstudyarea to celebrate #coloradopubliclandsday and to learn more about BLM’s Eastern CO Resource Management Plan revision and this incredible Wild Canyon country that they manage, extending north of Cañon City west to Salida. #blmwild #seeblm #mypubliclands #wildcolorado
Because when you hike through three slot canyons in one day, you gotta make a slot canyon appreciation post, it's the law
Because when you hike through three slot canyons in one day, you gotta make a slot canyon appreciation post, it's the law
Wild Connections hikers enjoyed exploring side canyons of Beaver Creek #wildernessstudyarea on a gorgeous day last Saturday. Photo John Stansfield. #blmwild #seeblm #mypubliclands #wildcolorado
White Pocket Resevoir

Back in the 1920-40's local ranchers put up concrete dams to hold water running off the slickrock for cattle to drink from.  There are cattle pathways worn through the rock leading to these permanent watering holes from all the hoof traffic.
White Pocket Resevoir Back in the 1920-40's local ranchers put up concrete dams to hold water running off the slickrock for cattle to drink from.  There are cattle pathways worn through the rock leading to these permanent watering holes from all the hoof traffic.
Coyote Buttes South has some amazing erosion.  A permit is required but it's easier getting a permit than it is getting a campsite at many popular parks.
Coyote Buttes South has some amazing erosion.  A permit is required but it's easier getting a permit than it is getting a campsite at many popular parks.
Amazing natural sculpture due to wind erosion.  Some of these rocks were paper thin.

This area was within the Coyote Buttes South permit are at (much easier to get than CB North where the Wave is). After seeing how delicate the rock is here I can understand why they limit access to 20 people per day.  This section should definitely stay low traffic, regular park traffic would have destroyed this sculpture by now.
Amazing natural sculpture due to wind erosion.  Some of these rocks were paper thin. This area was within the Coyote Buttes South permit are at (much easier to get than CB North where the Wave is). After seeing how delicate the rock is here I can understand why they limit access to 20 people per day.  This section should definitely stay low traffic, regular park traffic would have destroyed this sculpture by now.
Finally got all my pictures edited, the trip to Vermilion Cliffs National Monument was a gold mine!  In my head it was the "Not The Wave" trip, too many people waste time on The Wave when the surrounding area is just as beautiful.  I wanted to show what they were missing by focusing on one single place that has been photographed a million times instead of spending their trips exploring the entire monument.

This rock is nothing, it has no name off the side of the road (I parked here to air down my tires); it's one of those things you drive past on your way to some place more well known. I just thought it was pretty.

For a single day in May over 2000 people joined the lottery for a permit to The Wave; They only issue 10.  Another 100-200 people will spend one of their vacation days waiting in a cramped room to see if they can get one of the other 10 permits.
2200 people competing for 20 slots for the day.  Some sacrificing prime sunrise/golden-hour times just for that chance.  If this rock outcropping is ordinary and overlooked, imagine what the rest of the place looks like.
Finally got all my pictures edited, the trip to Vermilion Cliffs National Monument was a gold mine!  In my head it was the "Not The Wave" trip, too many people waste time on The Wave when the surrounding area is just as beautiful.  I wanted to show what they were missing by focusing on one single place that has been photographed a million times instead of spending their trips exploring the entire monument. This rock is nothing, it has no name off the side of the road (I parked here to air down my tires); it's one of those things you drive past on your way to some place more well known. I just thought it was pretty. For a single day in May over 2000 people joined the lottery for a permit to The Wave; They only issue 10.  Another 100-200 people will spend one of their vacation days waiting in a cramped room to see if they can get one of the other 10 permits. 2200 people competing for 20 slots for the day.  Some sacrificing prime sunrise/golden-hour times just for that chance.  If this rock outcropping is ordinary and overlooked, imagine what the rest of the place looks like.
MB - ankle deep water? Might as well just take off the shoes and walk through it.  @samscholes?  Staying dry at all costs 😂  Different approaches, same end point.  Just some more fun with the crew in Robbers Roost.  #seeblm #usinterior #womenarefromvenusmenarefrommars #womenwhoexplore #womenwhohike #robbersroost #canyon #slotcanyon #canyoneering #implaycanyongear #outdoorwomen #owa #andshesdopetoo #womenwhoexplore #womenwhohike #goatworthy #rei1440project #optoutside #igsouthwest #wowutah #hikeutah  #utahisrad #publiclandowner #protectpubliclands #forceofnature #wildernessbabes #sheadventures #edwardabbeywasright #thedesertiscalling #xputah #sheexplores
MB - ankle deep water? Might as well just take off the shoes and walk through it. @samscholes? Staying dry at all costs 😂 Different approaches, same end point. Just some more fun with the crew in Robbers Roost. #seeblm  #usinterior  #womenarefromvenusmenarefrommars  #womenwhoexplore  #womenwhohike  #robbersroost  #canyon  #slotcanyon  #canyoneering  #implaycanyongear  #outdoorwomen  #owa  #andshesdopetoo  #womenwhoexplore  #womenwhohike  #goatworthy  #rei1440project  #optoutside  #igsouthwest  #wowutah  #hikeutah  #utahisrad  #publiclandowner  #protectpubliclands  #forceofnature  #wildernessbabes  #sheadventures  #edwardabbeywasright  #thedesertiscalling  #xputah  #sheexplores 
Sundowner signature drinks courtesy of @lucyleatucker in Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument the night before heading into Coyote Gulch.  Featuring Gingercello from @marbledistillingco, salted honey from @bushwick_kitchen  and my favorite cups from @summitlegacyproducts (#notsponsored 😎 just like those things ❤️). 💗 those desert sunsets and our national monuments.  #monumentsforall #savegsenm #savegrandstaircase #rei1440project 
#optoutside #goatworthy #seeblm #usinterior #nps #publiclandowner #outdoorwomen #wowutah #igsouthwest #hikeutah #visitutah #zinkesucks #sundowner
Sundowner signature drinks courtesy of @lucyleatucker in Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument the night before heading into Coyote Gulch. Featuring Gingercello from @marbledistillingco, salted honey from @bushwick_kitchen and my favorite cups from @summitlegacyproducts (#notsponsored  😎 just like those things ❤️). 💗 those desert sunsets and our national monuments. #monumentsforall  #savegsenm  #savegrandstaircase  #rei1440project  #optoutside  #goatworthy  #seeblm  #usinterior  #nps  #publiclandowner  #outdoorwomen  #wowutah  #igsouthwest  #hikeutah  #visitutah  #zinkesucks  #sundowner 
Repost @wildconnectionsorg: 
Great hike, weather, and turn out for Wild Connections’ first public hike to Cottonwood Creek in the Crampton Mountain #landswithwildernesscharacteristics  Visit www.wildconnections.org for upcoming hikes and to learn more about your local BLM lands, currently under plan revision.  Thanks for the photos @Curtnimz  #blmwild #seeblm #wildcolorado #mypubliclands
Repost @wildconnectionsorg: Great hike, weather, and turn out for Wild Connections’ first public hike to Cottonwood Creek in the Crampton Mountain #landswithwildernesscharacteristics  Visit www.wildconnections.org for upcoming hikes and to learn more about your local BLM lands, currently under plan revision. Thanks for the photos @Curtnimz #blmwild  #seeblm  #wildcolorado  #mypubliclands 
Great hike, weather, and turn out for Wild Connections’ first public hike to Cottonwood Creek in the Crampton Mountain #landswithwildernesscharacteristics  Visit www.wildconnections.org for upcoming hikes and to learn more about your local BLM lands, currently under plan revision.  Thanks for the photos @Curtnimz  #blmwild #seeblm #wildcolorado #mypubliclands
Absolutely perfect hiking weather Saturday for our Seep Springs outing! See www.wildconnections.org for more upcoming hikes.  #blmwild #seeblm #wildcolorado #mypubliclands #coloradowild
Stay in the Light ——————————————————
White Sands, NM
Stay in the Light —————————————————— White Sands, NM
“To see a world in a grain of sand and heaven in a wild flower Hold infinity in the palm of your hand and eternity in an hour.” - William Blake
“To see a world in a grain of sand and heaven in a wild flower Hold infinity in the palm of your hand and eternity in an hour.” - William Blake
Early morning view of snowy NE Portland, with downtown and the West Hills in the distance.  #pdx #pdxsnow #portland #pdxweather
Afternoon shot from one of several visits to Fossil Lake. Check out my feature story about a newly published study that identifies & analyzes fossilized Columbian mammoth trackway on #publiclands at Fossil Lake: goo.gl/CzQhHw
Afternoon shot from one of several visits to Fossil Lake. Check out my feature story about a newly published study that identifies & analyzes fossilized Columbian mammoth trackway on #publiclands  at Fossil Lake: goo.gl/CzQhHw
“I still believe that peace and plenty and happiness can be worked out some way. I am a fool.” -Kurt Vonnegut
“I still believe that peace and plenty and happiness can be worked out some way. I am a fool.” -Kurt Vonnegut
A little throw back to April 2017, canyoneering in the Roost with @getinthewild long days alternating between fun canyon exploration, cold swims and hot desert hiking.  Can’t wait to get back out there! Photos by the super talented @samscholes #canyon #canyoneering #imlaycanyongear #getoutside #wowutah #hikeutah #usinterior #seeblm #outdoorwomen #womenwhohike #womenoutdoors
Looking forward to our Sunset City Gulch day hike at Grape Creek Proposed Wilderness this Sat. A few spots remain open. See www.wildconnections.org/events.html for more info and upcoming events. #blmwild #seeblm #wildcolorado #mypubliclands
Looking forward to our Sunset City Gulch day hike at Grape Creek Proposed Wilderness this Sat. A few spots remain open. See www.wildconnections.org/events.html for more info and upcoming events. #blmwild  #seeblm  #wildcolorado  #mypubliclands 
Sunset Lines and Layers @whitesandsnps
Sunset Lines and Layers @whitesandsnps
Here we find @brightsiderae attempting to catch the elusive white sand gull 🐦 @whitesandsnps in New Mexico
Here we find @brightsiderae attempting to catch the elusive white sand gull 🐦 @whitesandsnps in New Mexico
The sand at @whitesandsnps is largely comprised of gypsum from broken down selenite crystals.  Normally gypsum is water soluble and so it does not create sand.  Due to the unique conditions in this part of New Mexico however, the sands have gathered to create these gorgeous and massive dune fields.
The sand at @whitesandsnps is largely comprised of gypsum from broken down selenite crystals. Normally gypsum is water soluble and so it does not create sand. Due to the unique conditions in this part of New Mexico however, the sands have gathered to create these gorgeous and massive dune fields.
85 years ago today @whitesandsnps was established.  Grateful to have these public lands protected for all of us to enjoy...remember to contact your representatives and let them know how much you continue to support the preservation and expansion of our public lands as they are currently under assault by many on numerous fronts from #bearsearsnationalmonument in Utah to #offshoredrilling on both coasts.  #thisagressionwillnotstandman
85 years ago today @whitesandsnps was established. Grateful to have these public lands protected for all of us to enjoy...remember to contact your representatives and let them know how much you continue to support the preservation and expansion of our public lands as they are currently under assault by many on numerous fronts from #bearsearsnationalmonument  in Utah to #offshoredrilling  on both coasts. #thisagressionwillnotstandman 
Playing in the sandbox @whitesandsnps with @brightsiderae
Playing in the sandbox @whitesandsnps with @brightsiderae
Bighorn Sheep at the @mypubliclands Three Rivers Petroglyph site in southern New Mexico
Bighorn Sheep at the @mypubliclands Three Rivers Petroglyph site in southern New Mexico
WhatchaDune!?
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White Sands, New Mexico
WhatchaDune!? ———————————— White Sands, New Mexico