bears ears national monument

Bears Ears contains numerous climbing resources, including Indian Creek, Lockhart Basin, Arch Canyon and Valley of the Gods. It encompasses over 1.3 million acres of land in San Juan County, Utah. It contains more than 100,000 archaeological sites and is considered sacred land by Native American tribes. Bears Ears area was elevated to National Monument status by President Barack Obama late in 2016. 

On April 26th, 2017, President Trump issued an executive order to review the status of national monuments designated since 1996 and prioritized the review of Bears Ears. This review could result in attempts to reduce monument boundaries and further open oil, gas and mineral resource extraction. 

The AAC is working to protect all of our national monuments and especially Bears Ears. We've polled the climbing community to understand what issues are most important, provided guidance on how to make your voice heard, and are issuing updates about the review process. Learn more about Bears Ears National Monument from climbers' perspectives: