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.

  • Michael Reinemer

    Citing some of “the most beautiful and iconic landscapes on earth” in Teton County’s backyard, the board of commissioners Tuesday morning unanimously passed a resolution that “opposes any and all efforts by the State of Wyoming to obtain the wholesale transfer of federal lands in Wyoming” to the state. In January, Sweetwater County filed a letter with the state legislature stating similar opposition to measures that would turn over federal public lands—such as parks, wilderness, and national forests—to state jurisdiction and management.

  • Tim Woody

    In spite of Royal Dutch Shell’s disastrous performance during the 2012 Arctic Ocean drilling season, the federal Bureau of Ocean Energy Management today conditionally approved the company’s 2015 exploration plan, which provides even fewer safeguards for the Chukchi Sea and its sensitive coastline than Shell had in place three years ago. Shell also plans to bring a different rig operated by a new contractor to the Arctic Ocean in 2015, which could result in unexpected transport and drilling problems.

  • Michael Reinemer

    The Wilderness Society strongly supports bipartisan legislation, the Wildfire Disaster Funding Act of 2015 (S. 235, H.R. 167), to fix a budgetary problem called “fire borrowing.”  This is a destructive cycle in which the Forest Service is forced to take funds from other forest programs when its allotted wildfire funds are used up, essentially robbing Peter to pay Paul to put out fires in our national forests.