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Utah Archaeology


What We Manage

BLM-Utah has the important responsibility of managing archaeological, historical, and traditional-use sites, commonly referred to as ‘cultural’ or ‘heritage’ resources on public lands in Utah. Heritage resources are fragile, irreplaceable resources that are part of our Nation's heritage and Utah has a unique and rich array of these resources representing 13,000 years of human history. The variety of heritage resources on public lands in Utah ranges from; Barrier Canyon Style pictographs to pioneer inscriptions, Ancestral Puebloan cliff dwellings to historical cabins, and prehistoric artifact scatters to historic mining debris. BLM-Utah manages these heritage resources as an important part of our Nation's heritage.

As part of the responsibility to manage these resources, BLM-Utah identifies and evaluates the potential for each heritage resource to provide a scientific, traditional, experimental, or public use for the American public. BLM-Utah also has the responsibility to protect and preserve in place heritage resources on public lands for the benefit of present and future generations.

Respect and Protect

BLM manages an incredible variety of cultural and paleontological resources in Utah encompassing millions of years of natural history and thirteen thousand years of human history. In 2016, BLM launched a wide variety of programs, projects, and partnerships to protect cultural and paleontological resources and provide education, outreach, and stewardship opportunities for public land visitors in Utah.

Woman photographing petroglyphs at Monarch Cave, Utah

BLM-Utah implemented 45 projects around the state with a focus on resources protection, education, and stewardship in areas with high visitation, high impacts, or public interest.  Many projects were in support of heritage tourism development at increasingly popular cultural and paleontological sites throughout the state.  Projects include the stabilization of at-risk cultural resources, such as prehistoric ruins in Cedar Mesa and portions of the historic Transcontinental Railroad grade; developing heritage tourism opportunities in Cedar Mesa, Nine Mile Canyon, and Moab; and numerous public outreach and education efforts in local Utah communities, such as developing a new exhibit about paleontological resources at the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument’s Big Water Visitor Center.   The funding of so many forward looking projects and partnerships was a landmark moment for cultural resource management in Utah and will have a positive effect for years to come. 

Statewide initiatives also include new partnerships in cultural and paleontological resources education, outreach, and stewardship.  Following over a year of development and engagement with hundreds of stakeholders, BLM and Tread Lightly! launched their “Respect and Protect” outreach campaign to eliminate the looting of cultural and paleontological resources on public lands in Utah.    BLM and Friends of Cedar Mesa partnered to build a statewide site steward program to train volunteers to monitor archaeological sites.  BLM also partnered with Southern Utah University to increase the reach of Project Archaeology throughout the state and engage a wider range of teachers and students in this heritage education program.

Reporting a Discovery

If you find archaeological resources or human remains on public land

  • Notify your local BLM Office as soon as possible about archaeological sites or artifacts found on public lands. If human remains are discovered, notify both the local BLM Office and Sheriff's department.
  • Help protect the resources by leaving all items in place and not sharing the location with others.
  • Remember, all human remains and cultural items should be treated with care and respect.

Public Involvement Under the National Historic Preservation Act

Public Involvement under the National Historic Preservation Act for BLM Undertakings

The Utah Bureau of Land Management (BLM) uses BLM’s ePlanning website (https://eplanning.blm.gov/epl-front-office/eplanning/nepa/nepa_register.do) as one way for the public to become involved in National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA) Section 106 process for BLM undertakings in Utah. The ePlanning website contains summary information about the proposed project, as well as any associated documents that may have been uploaded. Information is searchable though both a map interface and a text search function. In additional information is wanted for any particular project, please contact the applicable field office.

For further information, please contact Nathan Thomas, Deputy Preservation Officer at either nthomas@blm.gov or (801) 539-4276.

Cultural Resource Use Permits (CRUP)

Cultural Resource Use Permits (CRUP)

All persons conducting archaeological fieldwork on BLM administered lands in Utah are required to hold a valid Cultural Resource Use Permit (CRUP) prior to beginning fieldwork. For more information on the types of permits issued by BLM Utah or for information on the qualifications necessary to obtain a permit, please refer to BLM Utah’s Guidelines for Obtaining a Cultural Resource Use Permit (September 2018) (Guidelines) available in PDF format below.

Permits issued by the BLM Utah State Office are only valid for cultural resources investigations on lands managed by the BLM Utah State Office. For cultural resources investigations on Indian lands, State Lands or on other federally administered lands, permits must be issued by the appropriate agency.

Application for a CRUP Permit

Any firm not currently permitted may apply for a Cultural Resource Use Permit by submitting the DI Form 1926 (Application for Permit for Archaeological Investigations) and required supporting documentation to the Utah State Office. Survey Permit applications should not be sent directly to the Field Offices.

Request for Modification  of a CRUP

A Request for Modification of Cultural Resource Use Permit form is used to add or remove personnel; extend dates for testing or excavation; change curatorial facilities; or change address or phone numbers; or change the location or area of work. Modifications for survey permits should not be sent directly to the Field Offices.


E-mail a message to blm_ut_cr_permits@blm.gov and attach application or modification form, and required supporting documentation (vitae, charts, etc) in WORD or PDF format. Charts may be submitted in WORD, EXCEL or PDF format. 


Mail one hard copy of the documents above (application/modification form signed), and one copy of the vitae and charts to:

Nathan Thomas, Deputy Preservation Officer

c/o Nicole Lohman, Archaeologist
Bureau of Land Management
Utah State Office
440 W 200 S #500
Salt Lake City, UT 84101

Digital copies of all of the forms necessary are available in PDF form by clicking on the appropriate links below..

When submitting requests for renewals or modifications please be sure to include the permit number in the subject line of the request.  Allow 2 to 4 weeks for processing of survey permit requests and 6 to 8 weeks for processing of testing or excavation permit requests.

Questions about Cultural Resource Permitting can be directed to:

Nicole Lohman or Nathan Thomas


(801) 539-4079

CRUP Forms and Guidelines

Applying for a Permit

The following materials include instructions on how to request a permit, BLM Utah requirements, and application forms.

Permit Instructions

CRUP Application Form DI-1926

Permit Boundaries Map 

States and Counties for Relevant Experience

Documentation of Experience


Please use the following form for all permit modification requests.

Permit Modification Request Form


Annual Report
Refer to this document for an example annual report format.

Annual Report Example 


Permit Requirements
These documents include policies that must be followed and required forms for fieldwork.

Fieldwork Authorization Form

Fieldwork Authorization Form (not fillable)

Summary Report of Cultural Resources Inspection

Permits Terms and Conditions (Updated: February 2022)

2019 UT Data Standards


Complete and submit this form for any collections made under a permit.

Deposition of Museum Collections Confirmation


Handbooks, Guidelines, and Policies Related to Fieldwork Conducted Under a Permit.

H-8110, Fieldwork Guidelines

H-8120, Protecting Cultural Resources