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What is the Designation all about?

Extreme adventures and memorable excursions await you in the Four Corners Area and on the San Juan. Let us guide you off the beaten path to some of the world's most wondrous scenery within minutes of our base camp in Bluff, Utah.

 

Our outstanding staff of caring, professional guides specializes in interpreting the land's exquisite Ancestral Puebloan culture and textbook geology; your safety and the quality of your experience are our foremost concerns.

 

We continually hear from those who travel with us that their time on the river was the experience of a lifetime.

 

Whether you prefer rafting, jeeping, ATV's, hiking, biking, canyoneering, or boating, Four Corners Adventures is sure to make this vacation your most memorable.

Located in Southeastern Utah, the Bear’s Ears National Monument is home to the largest density of ancestral puebloan sites anywhere in the United States. Get off the beaten path and away from the crowds and busyness of the world.  Discover and explore incredible vistas, deep canyons, ancestral puebloan cliff dwellings and ancient rock art panels.  Bears Ears National Monument has activities for everyone from day hiking, backpacking, climbing, canyoneering, rafting, atv trails and more. The recreation possibilities are endless.  Covering 1.35 millions acres the Bears Ears National Monument borders Glen Canyon National Recreation area, Canyonlands National Park and Natural Bridges National Monument.  With hundreds of miles of unspoiled canyons and pristine wilderness.  Bears Ears offers solitude to those who want to get away from the crowds. Bears Ears is truly a special place deserving the national attention it has received.  We want to ensure future generations can enjoy it as we do now.

 

The Bears Ears National Monument was designated by President Obama on December 28th, 2016 during his final days in office.  The monument is to be managed as a joint effort by the U.S. Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management and a group of tribal leaders known as the Bears Ears commission.  The Bears Ears region is sacred to many different native american tribes and families who have lived here for generations hunting and gathering wood to heat their homes.  These tribes have ancestral ties which run deep in their culture.  A management plan will be created by these stakeholders to preserve the monument as it is now for future generations.  Many of the locals living near the monument fear that the new designation will restrict access to areas where they ranch, hunt, gather wood and recreate.  This, and a sense of federal overreach has been the cause of a local outcry and protest to President Trump to rescind or at least reduce the boundaries of the new monument.  President Trump has responded by ordering a review of all national monument created since 1996 that is 100,000 acres or more in size.  He stated he would “end another egregious use of government power, returning power back to the local governments”.  Bears Ears National Monument and Grand Staircase-Escalante combined cover over 3 million acres and are in the crosshairs of U.S. Secretary Zinke as likely candidates to be reduced.  If Trump decides to reduce the size of any monuments, then litigation will likely follow.  This could further delay the process of creating a new management plan for the monument..

 

What this means for us at Four Corners Adventures and Wild Rivers Expeditions is that we feel an extra stewardship to help individuals visit the monument and help to educate other visitors of Leave No Trace, Tread Lightly and other backcountry ethics.  This is especially true because there are very few trailhead signs, services or restroom facilities within the monument.  Make no mistake,  this is a massive area of wilderness, and it is very easy to find yourself off trail or in the wrong canyon entirely wondering where you are.  This is also the reason we love it so much.  It is one of the few places on earth you can have an amazing wilderness experience.  We highly recommend taking a guide into the region because of our knowledgeable guides and passion for the region. If you like to be on your own, consider a guide for your first trip and we will introduce you to the area so that you may further explore on your own.  If you just need a guidebook or map, come on in and we can help you with that as well.  Remember to visit all archaeology sites with respect.  The ruins and rock art panels you’ll discover in Bears Ears National Monument are similar to what you’d see in Mesa Verde National Park, but here there are no fences, crowds or rangers guiding you to these sites.  This means it is your responsibility to Visit with Respect.

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Four Corners Adventures & Wild Rivers Expeditions

2625 South Highway 191

Bluff, Utah 84512

435-672-2244

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