Activities in the NCA are guided by the 2004 Resource Management Plan (RMP-ROD). This plan built on the legislative direction contained in theColorado Canyons National Conservation Area and Black Ridge Canyons Wilderness Act of 2000 (Public Law 106-353).

The area, originally known as Colorado Canyons NCA, was renamed in 2005 to honor former U.S. Representative Scott McInnis (Public Law 108-400), who was influential in passing the legislation to designate the NCA. 

The Ruby-Horsethief Recreation Area Management Plan and Environmental Assessment are available here.

Other important documents and reports include: 
Annual manager’s reports ( 2008 , 2009 , 2010 , 2011, 2012, 2013)