In The Spotlight
BLM Seeks Public Input on Guided Group Trekking in San Juan County
The BLM Monticello Field Office is seeking input on an environmetal assessment (EA) that analyzes issuing a multi-year special recreation permit to the Hole in the Rock Foundation. The proposed permit would authorize guided group trekking and hiking in three areas associated with the Hole in the Rock Trail in San Juan County, UT - Long Flat/Snow Flat, Comb Wash/San Juan Hill, and The Cedars/Salvation Knoll areas. Written comments will be accepted by letter or email until 5/29/2015. For more information and to access the EA, please see the press release below.
Press Release 4/24/15
Grand Gulch Considered Impassable 3/4 Mile Up-Canyon From River
Due to further erosion over the winter, the BLM Monticello Field Office is advising hikers, backpackers, and packrafters that Grand Gulch is impassable at a pouroff approximately 3/4 of a mile up-canyon from the San Juan River confluence (see photo below). It is strongly recommended that visitors do not attempt to climb around the pouroff. For more information, call the BLM Monticello Field Office at (435) 587-1500.
BLM Authorizes ATV Trail Proposal In Indian Creek
The BLM Monticello Field Office has approved an ATV trail in the Indian Creek area northwest of Monticello, UT. The BLM will assume responsibility for construction and maintenance of the trail in collaboration and coordination with San Juan County and partners groups.
Volunteers Build Memorial Toilet To Honor Climber
Volunteers paid for and participated in the construction of a memorial toilet in Indian Creek on November 1st. The toilet was bulit in memory of Kevin Volkening, an avid rock climber and employee at Black Diamond Equipment.
Special Recreation Permits
Special Recreation Permits (SRP) are authorizations that can be issued as a means to manage uses of public lands and related waters.
The Monticello Field Office has a substantial backlog of expressed interest in SRPs. The BLM is actively working to find more effective and efficient ways to address these requests. In general, older requests will be addressed first. If you are interested in pursuing an SRP and have not previously contacted us, you can find additional information on applying for an SRP on the BLM Utah Recreation page.
Please recognize that due to the existing backlog, new applications may not be able to be processed this year.
Recreation Permit & General Info
*Land Based 435-587-1510
*Recreation permits can only be issued through the above numbers (8am-noon only)
Firewood Permit Information
All wood permits must be bought in person at the Monticello Field Office. No online or mailed permits are being accepted.
The Monticello Field Office is located in the southeast corner of Utah and is part of the Colorado Plateau region. Dominating the landscape near Monticello are the Abajo Mountains, BLM land surrounds this huge monolith.
South of the Abajos is the Comb Ridge Monocline, a major crustal uplift about 80 miles in length. Nearby this major uplift is Grand Gulch, which cuts a serpentine swath through Cedar Mesa.
The Ancestral Puebloans left a legacy that includes hundreds of cliff dwellings and thousands of pictographs and petroglyphs. Muley Point Overlook sits on a high rim of Cedar Mesa and offers sweeping panoramic view across Monument Valley and the San Juan River country far below.
Monticello Field Office
365 North Main Street
Monticello, Utah 84535