What are National Conservation Lands?
The Bureau of Land Management's National Conservation Lands, also known as the National Landscape Conservation System, contain and highlight some of the American West's most spectacular public lands so they may be protected, conserved, or restored. These areas are congressionally or presidentially designated. The National Conservation Lands includes national monuments, national conservation areas, national scenic and historic trails, wild and scenic rivers, wilderness areas, wilderness study areas, and congressionally designated management areas.
Why do the National Conservation Lands exist?
The National Conservation Lands were created in 2000 to conserve, protect, and restore nationally significant landscapes that are recognized for their cultural, ecological, and scientific values.
What presence do National Conservation Lands have in Colorado?
Colorado's National Conservation Lands encompass approximately one million acres, or 1/8 of all BLM land in the state.
• 3 national conservation areas
• 53 wilderness study areas
• 5 wilderness areas
• 1 national historic trail
• 1 national scenic trail
• 2 national monuments
For more information about each area, please see the categories listed.