There's little in between that "space" between getting a new monument or not handing the federal government more control of the land.

A misstep by the Obama administration — much like an ill-prepared hiker — either dooms the livelihoods of many in San Juan County or is yet another Anglo desecration of Native American heritage.

"This should have been a monument 25 years ago and we are far past the time to designate it," Josh Monson told Interior Secretary Sally Jewell and other top federal officials at an intense community meeting in Bluff that drew close to 2,000 people on Saturday.

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Kim Henderson of Monticello, Arleen Hurst of Blanding, and George Rice of Monticello argue with a man who declined to give his name about the proposed Bears Ears National Monument prior to a meeting with Interior Secretary Sally Jewell, in Bluff in southern Utah on Saturday, July 16, 2016.

Photos below taken by Scott G Winterton

Rock art that has recently been vandalized in Butler Wash near Bluff in southern Utah on Saturday, July 16, 2016.

Interior Secretary Sally Jewell hikes with guide Vaughn Hadenfeldt toward Comb Ridge as she visits rock art sites, some of which have been vandalized in southern Utah on Saturday, July 16, 2016.

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Interior Secretary Sally Jewell stands on Comb Ridge as she visits rock art sites, some of witch have been vandalized in southern Utah on Saturday, July 16, 2016.

Interior Secretary Sally Jewell hikes with other federal and local BLM and forestry officials toward Comb Ridge as she visits rock art sites, some of witch have been vandalized in southern Utah on Saturday, July 16, 2016.

The Bears Ears as seen from Comb Ridge in southern Utah on Saturday, July 16, 2016.

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Interior Secretary Sally Jewell stands on Comb Ridge as she visits rock art sites, some of which have been vandalized in southern Utah on Saturday, July 16, 2016.

Interior Secretary Sally Jewell hikes in Butler Wash near Bluff in southern Utah on Saturday, July 16, 2016.

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Interior Secretary Sally Jewell with guide Vaughn Hadenfeldt look at rock art that has recently been vandalized in Butler Wash near Bluff in southern Utah on Saturday, July 16, 2016.

Ernie Washee makes comments during a meeting in Bluff with Interior Secretary Sally Jewell as she visits southern Utah on Saturday, July 16, 2016.

San Juan County Commissioner Phil Lyman makes comments during a meeting in Bluff with Interior Secretary Sally Jewells as she visits southern Utah on Saturday, July 16, 2016.

Guide Vaughn Hadenfeldt talks about rock art in Butler Wash during a hike with Interior Secretary Sally Jewell near Bluff in southern Utah on Saturday, July 16, 2016.

Interior Secretary Sally Jewell takes a photo of rock art in Butler Wash near Bluff in southern Utah on Saturday, July 16, 2016.

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Interior Secretary Sally Jewell asks questions about rock art in Butler Wash near Bluff in southern Utah on Saturday, July 16, 2016.

Interior Secretary Sally Jewell asks questions about rock art in Butler Wash near Bluff in southern Utah on Saturday, July 16, 2016.

Interior Secretary Sally Jewell tours rock art in Butler Wash near Bluff in southern Utah on Saturday, July 16, 2016.

Law enforcement walk among the crowd prior to a meeting in Bluff with Interior Secretary Sally Jewell discussing the prpposed Bears Ears National Monument on Saturday, July 16, 2016.

Rock art in Butler Wash near Bluff in southern Utah on Saturday, July 16, 2016.

Comment cards are filled out during a meeting with Interior Secretary Sally Jewell in Bluff in southern Utah on Saturday, July 16, 2016.

Interior Secretary Sally Jewell visits Canyon Country in southern Utah on Saturday, July 16, 2016.

Anti-monument signs line the drive in Bluff as Interior Secretary Sally Jewell attends a meeting to discuss the proposed Bears Ears National Monument in southern Utah on Saturday, July 16, 2016.

Hundreds line up trying to get into a meeting in Bluff with Interior Secretary Sally Jewell discussing the proposed Bears Ears National Monument in southern Utah on Saturday, July 16, 2016.

Hundreds line up trying to get into a meeting in Bluff with Interior Secretary Sally Jewell discussing the proposed Bears Ears National Monument in southern Utah on Saturday, July 16, 2016.

Hundreds line up trying to get into a meeting in Bluff with Interior Secretary Sally Jewell discussing the proposed Bears Ears National Monument in southern Utah on Saturday, July 16, 2016.

Hundreds line up trying to get into a meeting in Bluff with Interior Secretary Sally Jewell discussing the proposed Bears Ears National Monument in southern Utah on Saturday, July 16, 2016.

Congressional representative Casey Snider makes comments during a meeting in Bluff with Interior Secretary Sally Jewell as she visits southern Utah on Saturday, July 16, 2016.

Hundreds line up trying to get into a meeting in Bluff with Interior Secretary Sally Jewell discussing the proposed Bears Ears National Monument in southern Utah on Saturday, July 16, 2016.

Heidi Brugger of Cortez, Colorado, sits in the overflow area as she and others wait for a meeting with Interior Secretary Sally Jewell in Bluff to begin as they discuss the proposed Bears Ears National Monument in southern Utah on Saturday, July 16, 2016.

Regina Lopez Whiteskunk of the Ute Mountain Ute Tribe makes comments during a meeting in Bluff with Interior Secretary Sally Jewell, as she visits southern Utah on Saturday, July 16, 2016.

Nicole Walker and others cheer after comments during a meeting in Bluff with Interior Secretary Sally Jewell, as she visits Canyon Counrty in southern Utah on Saturday, July 16, 2016.

Interior Secretary Sally Jewell, center, sits with federal officials in a meeting in Bluff to hear comments from the people of the area about the proposed Bears Ears National Monument as she visits Canyon Counrty in southern Utah on Saturday, July 16, 2016.

Overflow areas are filled with those who couldn't get inside for a meeting with Interior Secretary Sally Jewell in Bluff talking about the proposed Bears Ears National Monument in southern Utah on Saturday, July 16, 2016.

Malcolm Lehi speaks during a meeting in Bluff with Interior Secretary Sally Jewell, as they express their feelings about the preposed Bears Ears National Monument in southern Utah on Saturday, July 16, 2016.

Byron Clarke speaks during a meeting in Bluff with Interior Secretary Sally Jewell as they express their feelings about the proposed Bears Ears National Monument in southern Utah on Saturday, July 16, 2016.

Harrison Johnson speaks in opposition to the monument during a meeting in Bluff with Interior Secretary Sally Jewell about the preposed Bears Ears National Monument in southern Utah on Saturday, July 16, 2016.

Overflow areas are filled with those that couldn't get inside for a meeting with Interior Secretary Sally Jewell in Bluff talking about the proposed Bears Ears National Monument in southern Utah on Saturday, July 16, 2016.

Hundreds fill a small hall in Bluff with Interior Secretary Sally Jewell discussing the proposed Bears Ears National Monument in southern Utah on Saturday, July 16, 2016.

Hundreds fill a small hall in Bluff with Interior Secretary Sally Jewell discussing the proposed Bears Ears National Monument in southern Utah on Saturday, July 16, 2016.

Numbers are drawn for speakers as hundreds fill a small hall in Bluff for a meeting with Interior Secretary Sally Jewell to talk about the proposed Bears Ears National Monument in southern Utah on Saturday, July 16, 2016.

Hundreds fill a small hall in Bluff with Interior Secretary Sally Jewell discussing the proposed Bears Ears National Monument in southern Utah on Saturday, July 16, 2016.