Push on to protect Bears Ears

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North Six Shooter Peak, center-left, and South Six Shooter Peak, center-right, are prized climbing areas that would become part of a proposed Bears Ears National Monument in southeast Utah. Climbers have formed a common alliance with a union of five Native American tribes to press for federal protection of the major swath of land near Canyonlands National Park, which in addition to the world-class climbing routes contains more than 100,000 Native American archaeological and cultural sites.

Unlikely allies call for monument designation of 1.9 million acres of world-class climbing, cultural sites

Five tribes whose ancestors once hunted the canyon country of eastern Utah, who their descendants say still haunt those rocks, have joined forces with unlikely allies in urging a new national monument in Utah.
The tribes are joined by newcomers who see fun, challenge and solitude in those same rugged places.
The various players in the proposal to establish a 1.9 million-acre Bears Ears National Monument are joined together by new recreational opportunities and age-old traditions of the rough country.

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People looking for a Memorial Day weekend getaway might want to scratch Arches National Park off the list — unless they find excruciatingly long waits in the car appealing, said a Utah parks superintendent.

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