Colorado Plateau Focus Areas

The Colorado Plateau's diverse ecosystems sprawl across more than 100 million acres in Utah, Arizona, New Mexico and Colorado.

Red rock canyons and pinon dotted mesas cover large portions of the plateau, while aspen trees and alpine meadows spring up in others. The Wilderness Society focuses its conservation efforts on protecting some of the most unique places in this region.

Greater Dinosaur Region

The Greater Dinosaur Region is found in northwestern Colorado, southwestern Wyoming and northeastern Utah. This area includes places that are protected, like Dinosaur National Monument, and other areas like the Vermilion Basin that still need protection.

Dolores River Basin

The Dolores River Basin stretches from western Colorado down to the Colorado-New Mexico border. We’re working in this area to protect the spectacular San Juan Mountains and the wildlife and outdoor adventure opportunities they contain.

Grand Canyon and Arizona Strip

The Grand Canyon is one of the most treasured places in America. We’re working to make sure that the surrounding landscape stays protected as well.

Southeastern Utah

With national parks like Arches and Canyonlands, southeastern Utah is a recreation hotspot. We’re working to keep oil and gas drilling away from some of the spectacular landscapes in the region.

  • In the first of a three management plans to be released in 2015, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) in Colorado missed a great opportunity to protect some of Colorado's most treasured landscapes—including the Dolores River, lands surrounding Mesa Verde National Park and recreation hub

  • When school was out for the summer in the suburbs of Manhattan where I grew up, my mom packed our little Subaru hatchback with sleeping bags, a tent, a cooler filled with fruit and sandwich meat, hiking boots, rain gear, and three kids, and headed West.  Like generations before and since, w

  • The Forest Service recently released a plan that could protect much of Colorado’s Thompson Divide from new oil and gas leasing. For years, this spectacular area has been threatened by oil and gas development.