Looking for maps (Bears Ears)

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  1. Winterhorse

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    I usually use National Geo trail maps but a search of their site doesn’t show Bears Ears National Monument specifically. I sorta want to see that before mining begins there.
    Can someone stear me in the right direction to get a set of maps? Paper is what I need.
     
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    Telephone or write to these people
    UTAH OFFICE OF TOURISM
    Council Hall, Capitol Hill, 300 N. State Street, Salt Lake City, UT 84114
    1-800-200-1160

    It's not on the website, but they have maps of everything

    There are lots of interesting things down there, but I suspect you'll be disappointed by the bear's ears per se; the interest is in a view from a distance.
    Natural Bridges IS a monument; most of the surrounding area, except around what passes for water courses, is some sort of public land; south of the San Juan is mostly the Navajo Reservation
     
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    What do you mean before mining begins ?
     
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    I guess a large part of the monument has been opened up for mining exploration. It might be years, I guess before it would be mined for whatever they might find there but I’d like to see it before that happens.

    ETA:
    I just looked it up on line and it looks like even though it’s technically open for exploration nobody has even applied for a permit.
     
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    Hope they havnt lopped off the Bears ears before my grandkids get to see it .
    Seems like I heard the Navajo were protesting the exploitation of the monuments which from what I understand were more than just monuments but federal lands held in trust for the benefit of all .
    I don’t know all the particulars .
    I’m overly sensitive to the needs of my grandchildren I guess .
     
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    Joe,

    The status changed from BLM land to National Monument in 2016, then in 2017 the NM was reduced in size and the rest given back to the BLM/forest service/whatever they were before. All political grandstanding, (the originally designated Mounment was protected just shy of a year) unless there’s a rush for uranium you’re probably not going to see mining in the area anytime soon. Of course this would be a non issue if you would have visited when I was living out there. ;) That was the first place I camped (ironically it was “unprotected” then, I don’t recall seeing any haul trucks). I think Grand Staircase is better fwiw.

    To the original question, you can order maps from the BLM to cover the broad area, likely any more detailed maps will have to come from the USGS. I think the Natural Bridges map will cover some of the surrounding area.

    Edit- I just looked, it think it should all be covered by the nat geo maps 703 and 706.
     
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