The 10,000 acre Angel Peak #BLM scenic area in northern New Mexico showcases Angel Peak and the #KutzCanyon#badlands (pictured), where #fossils and petrified wood abound. It's starkly beautiful.
If you visit, you'll find three picnic areas and a campground on the rim above the canyon, southeast of Farmington, New Mexico, just off Highway 550.
You'll also find a private oil and gas waste facility on the way in, and you'll hear (and perhaps smell) oil and gas operations. Unlike national monuments, the Bureau of Land Management can manage "scenic areas" for a variety of uses. Sharp-eyed viewers may note the road and well pad in the right center of the frame. To quote BLM's website on Angel Peak: "Active gas wells exist in the Angel Peak Scenic Area. Be safe and stay away from well pads, pipelines, and other oilfield equipment. Watch for traffic and heavy trucks." #ColoradoPlateau#publicland#nature#newmexicotrue#standbyyourland#multipleuseinaction
The massive 800-room Pueblo Bonito is that largest great house in #ChacoCultureNationalHistoricalPark. A ceremonial center for #AncestralPuebloans, and a place of pilgrimage today, #Chaco was designated as a #nationalmonument in 1907 by #TeddyRoosevelt, then tripled in size by Calvin Coolidge in 1928.
At ~31,000 acres, Chaco covers only a very small part of an enormous cultural landscape that stretches across three states, including north to #BearsEarsNationalMonument in #Utah. A perfectly straight great road emanating from Chaco, as well as the northernmost Chacoan Great House in Utah are located on lands cut from #BearsEars by President Trump in December 2017. Presidents usually enlarge #nationalmonuments, not shrink them as Trump unlawfully attempted to do.
Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke has said the lands cut from Bears Ears are still adequately protected by various laws, but as of today, 91% of the #publiclands around Chaco are leased for oil and gas development, and more is on offer for lease ion March 2018. There's a mini-drilling boom happening there now, criss-crossing the landscape with new wells, roads, and pipelines which can destroy important cultural sites. Read more about what removing national monument status can mean for cultural resources in our latest blog post at: GrandCanyonTrust.org/blog, and learn more about efforts to protect land, air, water and traditional communities in Greater Chaco at: sanjuancitizens.org/chaco