Boundaries of new monuments still vague, details becoming clearer
Preliminary maps are still all that are available, but the boundaries of the new monuments are starting to be understood.
Indian Creek National Monument
The new Indian Creek National Monument includes a total of 86,447 acres of land, including nearly 5,000 acres of private ground. There are approximately 15 640-acre
sections of Trust Lands within the monument.
The new monument includes the Dugout Ranch, which is owned by the Nature Conservancy and houses the Canyonlands Research Center.
According to the Nature Conservancy, the Center works to increase understanding of the interactive effects of climate change and land-use, and focuses on diminished Colorado River water quantity and quality, grazing and recreation impacts, and invasive species.
Entrance to the monument is into Indian Creek Canyon near Newspaper Rock. It appears as if the eastern boundary includes the cliff faces to the east of Indian Creek
The monument includes Indian Creek, Shay, and Cottonwood canyons and includes the iconic North and South Six-Shooter Peaks.
The western border of the monument is Canyonlands National Park.
After Indian Creek canyon opens up north of the Dugout Ranch, the northern border of the monument follows Hwy 211 to the entrance to Canyonlands National Park.
Everything to the south of Hwy 211 appears to be in the monument, while areas north of the road are outside the monument.
As a result, it appears as if the Superbowl Campground is in the monument, while Creek Pasture, Hamburger Rock and the Falls campgrounds are not in the monument.
Bridger Jack Mesa and Lavender Mesa are in the monument boundaries, as is Cathedral Butte and the upper drainage of Salt Creek.
Boundaries of the monument are anchored by the Forest Service boundary on the south side.
Shash Jaa National Monument
The new Shash Jaa National Monument includes 140,643 acres of public land and 1,694 acres of private land. It appears as if there are portions of 18 Trust Land sections within the monument.
The monument begins in the Forest Service highlands around the Bears Ears Buttes and drops more than 4,800 feet to the San Juan River.
It appears as if county road 268 is the northern boundary of the monument. Areas north of the road, including Hammond Canyon and into Kigalia, are not in the monument.
South of the road is in the monument, including Milk Ranch Point, Lewis Lodge and Hotel Rock.
Arch Canyon and Mule Canyon drain southeast of the Bears Ears and they are included in the monument, as is Texas Flat.
The monument opens to the south through the Comb Wash drainage and includes Comb Ridge monocline and Butler Wash.
The western boundary of the monument follows the BLM wilderness areas that drain east of Cedar Mesa. The boundary includes portions of Lime Ridge and then drops to the San Juan River along Comb Wash. San Juan Hill is included in the new monument boundaries.
You enter the new monument boundaries from the east on Hwy 95 near the Butler Wash roadside ruins, where the road climbs out of the Cottonwood Canyon drainage.
From Bluff, the eastern boundary on Hwy 163 is Butler Wash and it includes the private property recently purchased by Lyman Family Farms. The eastern ridge of Butler Wash appears to form the eastern boundary of the monument.
You enter the new monument from the west on Hwy 95 near Salvation Knoll.
The Bears Ears Commission now includes the county commissioner that represents southeast San Juan County, in this case Rebecca Benally.