Utah National Conservation Lands

BLM Utah manages many remarkable National Conservation Lands including, three national monuments, three national conservation areas, multiple historic trails, and many wild and scenic rivers, wilderness, and wilderness study areas. Visit our National Conservation Lands pages listed below.
These pages have recently been updated to reflect the recent passage of the Public Law 116-9, the John Dingell, Jr. Conservation, Recreation, and Management Act

The Bureau of Land Management manages three National Monuments in Utah - Bears Ears National Monument, Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument and Jurassic National Monument. Jurassic National Monument is the newest monument to Utah, designated through  the John Dingell, Jr. Act on March 12, 2019.  


BLM Utah manages three National Conservation Areas (NCAs). The most recent of the Utah NCAs is the John Wesley Powell that was designated on March 12, 2019, through the John Dingell, Jr. Act.  This NCA is located in the Vernal Field Office and is intended to conserve, protect, and enhance significant historic, cultural, natural, scientific, scenic, recreational, archaeological, educational, and wildlife resources. The other two NCAs are located in the St. George Field Office: Red Cliffs and Beaver Dam Wash. Red Cliffs offers 60,000 acres of outstanding opportunities for human-powered recreation next door to the city of St. George. Beaver Dam Wash provides 63,000 acres of solitude and scenic beauty.


BLM Utah manages portions of three National Historic Trails. The California Trail was a mid-19th century highway for human movement to lures of gold and farmland in California. The Old Spanish Trail opened a land route across 19th century Mexico between the Tierra Adentro (the fabled, yet isolated place that would become New Mexico) and California's missions and burgeoning settlements. The Pony Express Trail was a cross-country route used by young men on horseback to carry the nation's priority mail from Missouri to California from 1860 to 1861. Now 150 years later, visitors can closely follow the historic route of the Pony Express across Utah's west desert on a maintained BLM National Backcountry Byway, stopping a various station sites and interpretive displays along the way. There is also a public campground located at the Simpson Springs open year-round, and the route also goes through the Fish Springs National Wildlife Refuge.


Green Wild and Scenic River

The John Dingell, Jr. Act, signed into law on March 12, 2019, added  63 miles of the Green River to the National Wild and Scenic Rivers System under the following classifications:.  

Wild River Segment - the 5.3-mile segment from the boundary of the Uintah and Ouray Reservation, south to the Nefertiti boat ramp.

Recreational River Segment - the 8.5-mile segment from the Nefertiti boat ramp, south to the Swasey’s boat ramp.

Scenic River Segment- the 49.2-mile segment from Bull Bottom, south to the county line between Emery and Wayne Counties.

Virgin Wild and Scenic River

Eleven river segments totaling 19 miles of the Virgin River drainage are managed by BLM Utah and all are classified as "wild". Each of the segments flows into or out of Zion National Park and a majority are within wilderness areas  designated in 2009 by P.L. 116-9.

Read more about these Virgin WSR segments:

  • Beartrap Canyon
  • Deep Creek
  • Goose Creek
  • Kolob Creek
  • La Verkin Creek
  • Middle Fork - Taylor Creek
  • North Fork - Virgin River
  • Oak Creek
  • Shunes Creek
  • Smith Creek
  • Willis Creek



BLM Utah currently administers 35 wilderness areas. These areas are special places essentially undisturbed by human activities. Primitive recreational activities, such as hiking, backpacking, camping and fishing is permitted in these areas. Time spent in the wild can be therapeutic and inspirational - it can restore our connection to nature.


BLM Utah administers 77 Wilderness Study Areas encompassing millions of acres.  From 12,000-foot peaks to deep slot canyons, Wilderness Study Areas provide the intrepid hiker or backcountry horseman with views of unique rock formations, opportunity to glimpse sensitive species and walk in the footsteps of dinosaurs, ancestral peoples and early pioneers. 


Contact Us

Ray Kelsey
National Conservation Lands Program Lead 
440 West 200 South
Ste. 500
Salt Lake City, UT 84101

Phone: 801-539-4001
Fax: 801-539-4013
Email: blm_ut_so_public_room@blm.gov