Recapture Canyon protesters found guilty in Utah

County commissioner and co-defendant face up to a year in jail for illegal ATV ride.

  • Lyman, along with many of the other riders, particularly locals, only rode to the end of a right of way used for water line maintenance, but that is otherwise closed to motorized vehicles. Lyman's attorneys argued that since Lyman had the go-ahead from the county water master to go down the road, it was not an illegal act.

    Jonathan Thompson
  • The May 10, 2014, Recapture Canyon ATV protest ride, organized and led by Phil Lyman, drew locals as well as people like this couple, from Provo, Utah, who had been at the Bundy standoff in Bunkerville, Nevada, the month before.

    Jonathan Thompson
  • San Juan County Commissioner Phil Lyman was found guilty of two misdemeanor charges related to an ATV protest ride held in Blanding, Utah, last May.

    Jonathan Thompson
  • While Lyman and others stopped at the end of the water line road, Ryan Bundy and others continued down Recapture Canyon, along a more primitive trail where the potential for environmental and archaeological damage was higher. Neither Bundy nor any of those who proceeded down canyon were charged with crimes related to the ride.

    Jonathan Thompson
  • Recapture Canyon is riddled with ancestral Puebloan sites, such as this one, prompting the closure to ATVs.

    Jonathan Thompson
  • Lyman advertised the Recapture Canyon ride via newspaper articles and in Facebook posts such as this one, in which he implicitly invited the Bundy crew to attend.

    Jonathan Thompson