|Bears Ears Buttes, as seen from Natural Bridges National Monument (where I camped last month.) The newly established Bears Ears National Monument surrounds the existing Natural Bridges National Monument.|
Many people have been pushing for Bears Ears to be made a National Monument including a coalition of tribes who have sacred sites here and trace their ancestral homes here. One thing that is unique about this National Monument designation is that American Indian tribes petitioned the President to create the Monument and that it includes establishment of a Bears Ears Commission made up of tribal members that help to manage the area for the future.
|Sign at Natural Bridges about the significance of the butte.|
|Ancestral Puebloan site on Comb Ridge that we visited in November of 2016. This site is now protected!|
|Corn was farmed by the people who lived here. It's amazing to see this after hundreds of years. I hope future generations also get a chance to hold pieces of the past like this.|
|Climbing up Comb Ridge, now part of Bears Ears National Mounument.|
|No trails here, so you're free to explore.|
|View from the top of Comb Ridge.|
In 2015, Jan and I spent a few weeks traveling around Comb Ridge, Valley of the Gods, and Cedar Mesa, all areas that are now protected now as part of Bears Ears National Monument.
Read Jan’s trip report too.
|Ending this with paintbrush, which was still blooming in November.|