Straddling the Utah-Colorado border, Dinosaur National Monument protects the incredible vistas along the Green River, as well as petroglyphs and the monument’s namesake fossils. Oil and gas development encroaches on all sides of the park and threatens to further degrade its air quality, which is already among the nation’s poorest due to existing oil and gas drilling.
The national parks near Moab, Utah, are some of the most famous in the world. Arches and Canyonlands National Parks provide incredible red-rock vistas to millions of visitors per year. Unfortunately, the Trump administration is allowing oil and gas development close to both parks, including leases in the San Rafael Desert area within a mile of Canyonlands’ Horseshoe Canyon Unit.
More than 2,500 people lived in prehistoric villages tucked into a small canyon in what is now southeast Utah. They built stone towers and other structures that still stand more than 800 years later, protected as part of Hovenweep National Monument. Unfortunately, the areas surrounding the site are being rapidly leased for oil and gas development, threatening to degrade these incredible structures and the experience of visiting them.
Chaco Culture National Historical Park in northwest New Mexico protects ruins of the Ancestral Puebloan people who lived in the area between 850 and 1250 AD. They built incredible structures out of stone, featuring multiple stories and dozens of rooms. The park’s remote location imparts an essential experience of the desert Southwest and contributed to Chaco Culture’s designation as an International Dark Sky Park in 2013. Now, that desert solitude is threatened by oil and gas development surrounding the park on all sides.
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