More than 40 million people come to the Colorado Plateau every year. Whether it is to hike, camp, paddle or sightsee, they get to experience the landscapes for which the West is famous.
The Colorado Plateau is a living geology lesson and home to some of the West's greatest wonders, including the Grand Canyon, Utah's redrock country and Mesa Verde National Park. Yet, no matter how awe-inspiring, the lands of the Plateau are not safe from the threat of oil and gas development and mining.
Find out more about the Colorado Plateau, from the people that live, work and play there.
The Colorado Plateau includes rugged landscapes you'll not see anywhere else. Home to some of the West's best-known national parks, national monuments and wilderness areas, the Colorado Plateau has something for everyone.
The Colorado Plateau is an incredibly diverse network of landscapes. The Wilderness Society works to protect everything from red rock canyons to high alpine forests and mountain peaks.
In addition to working to protect lands in areas above, we also work in the Colorado Plateau to make sure that oil and gas drilling is done responsibly. We’re also working to make sure that lands that are already protected are managed so that they stay that way.
There are many ways you can help ensure the Colorado Plateau remains a vibrant place for generations to come.
Learn more about issues affecting the places we work to protect with our Notes from the Field.
Add your voice to important wilderness causes and take action to stop threats to our wildlands by joining our community of wilderness activists.
Find fact sheets, reports and other resources related to wilderness policy and conservation.
- Friday, April 17, 2015
The Department of Interior announced plans, by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), to revisit royalty rates charged to energy producers—through a long-needed rule making effort. The BLM’s efforts could help ensure that public lands are receiving their full and fair value in the oil and gas leasing process.
- Thursday, April 16, 2015
“Investing in our public lands is an investment in America’s economic security,” said Jamie Williams, president of The Wilderness Society. “Our national parks, forests and wilderness areas attract visitors and economic activity that support hundreds of businesses and sustain millions of local jobs.
- Tuesday, April 14, 2015
“This Congress may have set a record for its blizzard of attacks on our bedrock conservation laws – laws that protect clean water, clean air and our natural heritage,” said Jamie Williams, president of The Wilderness Society.