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Areas of Critical Environmental Concern

Santa Clara/Gunlock ACEC

This 1,998 acre area is located 11 miles northwest of the city of St. George and extends along the Santa Clara River from the Gunlock Reservoir to the Shivwits Indian Reservation. It contains numerous prehistoric Ancestral Puebloan (also known as Virgin Anasazi) riverine sites, Southern Paiute sites, and rock art localities. It also contains essential riparian resources: habitat for the Virgin spinedace minnow (a Conservation Strategy species), migratory birds and non-game birds, and potential habitat for the federally-listed endangered Southwestern willow flycatcher. These resources are at risk from extensive off-road motorized vehicle travel and other recreation uses along the Santa Clara River.