Greater Grand Canyon and Arizona Strip

The Grand Canyon is one of our most iconic national treasures and its splendor is world renowned. Its sandstone walls attract millions every year.

But there is more to this special area than just the places inside the boundaries of the national park. Outside these borders, unprotected lands threaten this iconic landscape.

Why the Grand Canyon

The Grand Canyon and Arizona Strip covers the area around Grand Canyon National Park, as well as parts of Arizona and Utah. These areas are critical to protecting the Grand Canyon watershed and the Colorado River.

Work we’re doing in the Grand Canyon

We work on the ground for guaranteed protection of the entire Grand Canyon region.

  • Michael Reinemer

    Strayed will receive the We Are the Wild Inspiration Award, which recognizes a person who embodies the spirit of wilderness and its transformative power.

    Jamie Williams, president of The Wilderness Society, said, “In this 50th anniversary year of the Wilderness Act, we present this award to underscore the importance of inspiring people to discover and care for our wild lands. Today we honor Cheryl Strayed for her remarkable story and for inspiring new generations to experience wilderness, which forms the backbone of the American spirit.”

  • Michael Reinemer

    President Obama will use his executive authority to create the San Gabriel Mountains National Monument, an action that will improve outdoor recreation, safeguard vital water supplies and protect wildlife in the backyard of Los Angeles – the nation’s most populous county.

  • Michael Reinemer

    The Wilderness Society applauds the Obama Administration for advancing bipartisan efforts to further protect ocean ecosystems and their scientific value by using the Antiquities Act to expand the Pacific Remote Islands Marine National Monument, an undisturbed island and atoll chain located 1,000 miles southwest of Hawaii. The proclamation builds on the approximately 83,000 square-mile national monument initially designated by President George W. Bush in 2009.