Colorado Plateau

The Colorado Plateau is one of the last remnants of the Wild West. This untamed area covers parts of Arizona, Utah, Colorado and New Mexico

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.

Why the Colorado Plateau

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.

Stories from the Colorado Plateau

Find out more about the Colorado Plateau, from the people that live, work and play there.

Experience the Colorado Plateau

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.

Focus areas

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.

Other campaigns

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.

Help Protect the Colorado Plateau

There are many ways you can help ensure the Colorado Plateau remains a vibrant place for generations to come.

Make a donation to help protect the Colorado Plateau.

  • Michael Reinemer

    Development of natural areas in the United States, coupled with expected changes in climate, have increased the importance of migration corridors that connect protected natural areas. Large, connected wild lands reduce the isolation of animal and plant populations and allow for migration and movement that can help preserve populations of wild species and enhance genetic and ecosystem diversity. 

  • Sarah Graddy

    An analysis of more than 8,700 low-producing natural gas wells in two counties in the San Juan Basin, San Juan and Rio Arriba, determined that BLM’s rule will have little to no negative impact on these marginal wells.

    The results of the study indicate that the new rule—which aims to reduce waste from venting, flaring and leaks from oil and gas operations on public and tribal lands—will actually increase overall production and royalties paid to support vital services in the state of New Mexico.

  • Michael Reinemer

    The measure would permanently authorize the Land and Water Conservation Fund, protect two wilderness areas in New Mexico and address water supply and river restoration efforts in the Yakima Basin in Washington state.