I just spent the weekend in the monument. Except for a brief visit of the San
Juan safari, we pretty much had the place to ourselves. I think for the most
part, tourists trying to find the Bears Ears will be dissapointed. Their
visit will be brief and they won't return.
A national monument means visitors centers, forest rangers, maps and tourists.
That may work great for a place like Yosemite (or not so great when there are so
many hoards you think twice before wanting to visit). When you are trying to
protect artifacts that supposedly people don't even know about, or fragile
indian dwellings or sites that have no guards, more people and visitors are
probably not the best thing. Recent example such as the Kiva that was shut
down in Canyonlands N. Park (it is a national park, so everything in there must
be safe right?) secondary to damage.I think a lot of that area is
very cool. Wilderness study areas, conservation area's I think would of
been better down there. The indians liked to live up high in little crevices.
The hardest to get to are the best preserved from my observation. I've
seen some cool stuff down there where it was just my family and some ruins.
I've been to other sites where 30 or more people at once going in and
around a site, that was mostly already in bad shape. Soon there will be lots of
people at every site, until someone does something stupid, then the site will
be closed like the Kiva.
Hard to assume that this article is a fair assessment of anything when the
author utters "When President Clinton announced in 1996 plans to seize more
of Utah for federal interests, " Yep, the Feds seized their
land from Utah that never owned it. And I think the monument designation
"seized" the land for the use of all people, not just the extraction
The people are coming. It's not only the designation but social media that
has contributed to the heavy influx. The monument designation brought some
resolution to the situation, where management, planning and funding discussions
could now take place. T rump and our GOP representatives only delayed the
inevitable. The courts will overturn T rumps unconstitutional act and
we'll be back to square one. The question has always been how do we manage
our public lands for generations to come?