BLM Utah manages 22.9 million acres of public lands. Your adventure begins here.
BLM Moab Field Office’s Colorado River Pilot Program Aims to Increase Access to Veterans, Adaptive Sports Organizations, and Educational Institutions. Accessible Recreation Program
Route Designation Maps
Hastings Cutoff Documentary
Retracing the Fateful Steps of the Donner-Reed Party
Travel back in time and experience the adventure as three interns retrace the fateful steps of the Donner-Reed Party, traveling the ninety-mile waterless stretch of the California Trail known as Hastings Cutoff.
This alternate route, sold as a 'shortcut' across the Great Salt Desert (Utah) by Lansford W. Hastings in 1846, proved devastating for the Donner-Reed Party and many who attempted the perilous journey.
Losing half of their cattle and several wagons to the Utah desert, the party arrived late and unprepared when they reached the Sierra Nevadas. After 1850, the dangerous Hastings Cutoff was abandoned in favor of newer and safer routes to California.
Now designated as a National Historic Trail, Hastings Cutoff is considered by many as the most arduous stretch of Western migration trail in the United States.
BLM Recreation Strategy Connecting With Communities
By increasing and improving collaboration with community networks of service providers, the BLM will help communities produce greater well-being and socioeconomic health and will deliver outstanding recreation experiences to visitors while sustaining the distinctive character of public lands recreation settings.
BLM-Utah issues new internal policy to increase transparency of its recreation fee program: