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  Just released: The Proposed Plan!

Photograph of Dominguez-Escalante NCA brochure and map, with link to a printable PDF version of the brochure


Just in time for the 40-year anniversary of the Federal Lands Policy and Management Act (FLPMA), the Dominguez-Escalante NCA is pleased to announce the release of its Proposed Resource Management Plan!

To learn more about the Proposed Plan, go the Resource Management Plan home page on this website. You can also read more about the plan in the June 2016 issue of the Canyon Clarion newsletter.

Click here to download the fiscal year 2015 Dominguez-Escalante NCA manager's report (2.3 MB).
For reports from previous years, see the management links at the bottom of this page.

NOTE: You will need Adobe Acrobat to open this document (or the brochure to the left). Get the free Acrobat Reader here:

Cover of  Dominguez-Escalante NCA Proposed RMP and Final EIS

    About the NCA

The 210,172-acre Dominguez-Escalante National Conservation Area, which includes the 66,280-acre Dominguez Canyon Wilderness, was created by the 2009 Omnibus Public Lands Management Act and is part of the Bureau of Land Management’s National Conservation Lands. Elevations in the NCA are approximately 4,800 to 8,200 feet.

Known for its breathtaking scenery, the Dominguez-Escalante NCA is a fine example of the spectacular canyon country of the Uncompahgre Plateau. Red-rock canyons and sandstone bluffs hold geological and paleontological resources spanning 600 million years, as well as many cultural and historic sites. The Ute Tribes today consider these pinyon-juniper–covered lands an important connection to their ancestral past.

Photograph of waterfall in Big Dominguez Canyon, with link to video


Photograph of Secretary Salazar at dedication ceremony, with link to YouTube video video: Wonders of the Western Slope: Big Dominguez


YouTube video: Secretary Salazar dedicates the Dominguez-Escalante NCA

The Escalante, Cottonwood, Little Dominguez and Big Dominguez Creeks cascade through sandstone canyon walls that drain the eastern Uncompahgre Plateau. Unaweep Canyon on the northern boundary of the NCA contains globally significant geological resources.

Nearly 30 miles of the Gunnison River flow through the Dominguez-Escalante NCA, supporting fish, wildlife and recreational resources. The Old Spanish National Historic Trail, a 19th Century land trade route, also passes through it. A variety of wildlife call the area home, including desert bighorn sheep, mule deer, golden eagle, turkey, elk, mountain lion, black bear, and the collared lizard. There are 115 miles of streams and rivers in the NCA, and there is habitat suitable for 52 protected species of animals and plants.

    Photo Gallery—Click on the thumbnail images below to enlarge the pictures:

Photograph of riparian wetland in Dominguez-Escalante NCAPhotograph of prickly pear cactus flower in Dominguez-Escalante NCAPhotograph of Native American petroglyphs (also called "rock art") in Dominguez-Escalante NCAPhotograph of bighorm sheep ram in Dominguez-Escalante NCAPhotograph of collared lizard in Dominguez-Escalante NCA
Photograph of backpackers in Dominguez-Escalante NCA Photograph of canoe on the Gunnison River in Dominguez-Escalante NCA: Bridgeport to WhitewaterPhotograph of the footbridge across the Gunnison River at the Bridgeport entrance to the Dominguez Canyon WildernessPhotograph of ATV at Cactus ParkPhotograph of researchers conducting scientific monitoring in Dominguez-Escalante NCA


    Other National Conservation Lands in Colorado:

 Photograph of arches in McInnis Canyons National Conservation Area with link to website
Graphic with link to McInnis Canyons NCA website
 Photograph of kayaker at Gunnison Gorge National Conservation Area with link to website

Graphic with link to Gunnison Gorge NCA

 Photograph of Canyons of the Ancients National Monument with link to the websiteGraphic with link to Canyons of the Ancients NM website





Graphic with statistics for areas within the BLM's National Landscape Conservation System

    Management links:

Resource management plan

CMU NRLPI 2007 D-E NCA proposal

Omnibus Public Land Management Act of 2009

Legislative map

Lands with Wilderness Characteristics inventory

NCA manager’s reports: 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011

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For further information, contact the Bureau of Land Management’s Grand Junction Field Office: 

Dominguez-Escalante National Conservation Area
Bureau of Land Management
2815 H Road, Grand Junction, CO 81506
Phone: (970) 244-3000
Fax: (970) 244-3083