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The many landscapes of Bears Ears

See photos of the proposed national monument, ranging from meadows to cliffs.


The area encompassed by the proposed Bears Ears National Monument is big -- 1.9 million acres in southeastern Utah. Its various ecosystems and geologic formations make the area both visually and biologically diverse. On the east side there's a national forest with a backdrop of the snowy La Sal mountains, and on the west side, Native American ruins perch in the sandstone cliffs of Cedar Mesa. The San Juan river snakes its way along the proposed monument's southern perimeter, while climbers scale cliffs near Indian Creek on the north end. The photos above show landscapes of sacred lands and recreational areas.

Read our recent feature story about the divisiveness over the proposed Bears Ears National Monument and what it means for the communities surrounding it.