BLM Lost Canyon June wildflowers Photo Credit: Chris Kittle

Southwest District Office

The BLM Southwest Colorado District manages about 1.75 million surface acres of public land comprised of the Gunnison, Tres Rios, and Uncompahgre field offices. The District includes several specially designated areas—Gunnison Gorge National Conservation Area and Wilderness; Canyons of the Ancients National Monument (along with its associated Visitor Center and Museum); the Powderhorn Wilderness Area; and the southern portion of Dominguez-Escalante National Conservation Area, including the Dominguez Canyons Wilderness. The Spring Creek Basin Wild Horse Herd Management Area is located within the Disappointment Valley in Tres Rios Field Office.

The District encompasses approximately 7.26 million acres of subsurface minerals, including the natural gas wells of the Northern San Juan and Paradox basins and coal leases in the valley of the North Fork of the Gunnison River. The Southwest District is home to some of the most spectacular scenery in Colorado. From adobe badlands and Gold Medal trout fisheries in the Gunnison Gorge to the canyons of the Colorado Plateau, the Southwest District is rich in cultural resources and offers abundant opportunities to recreate and explore.


Stephanie McCormick

District Manager