Bears Ears National Monument
Bears Ears National Monument was established by Barack Obama in 2016,
Bears Ears National Monument in Blanding, Utah is a United States national monument that was designated by President Barack Obama on December 28, 2016. Located in southeastern Utah, the monument protects an area of 1.35 million acres of public land with significant Native American artifacts and archaeological sites. The Bears Ears National Monument encompasses two separate but connected mesas named Dark Canyon and Cedar Mesa, located in San Juan County. The monument is an important cultural resource for the Navajo, Ute Mountain Ute, Hopi, and Puebloan tribes who have inhabited the area for thousands of years.
Bears Ears National Monument contains a variety of artifacts including cliff dwellings, petroglyphs, pottery shards, and thousands of archaeological sites. The region has long been sacred to many Native American tribes and the monument helps protect this important cultural heritage.
The area is known for its outstanding natural beauty as well. It includes a stunning array of red rock canyons, mesas, buttes, meadows, forests, and deserts that are full of wildlife. These areas offer opportunities for activities such as hiking, camping, mountain biking, and backpacking. The monument also includes an extensive network of roads and trails that provide access to many remote locations.