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If you’ve been keeping an eye on the news lately, you’ll know it’s been a challenging few weeks for the parks and public lands we share.

At Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument in southern Arizona, dynamite blasts are shaking the profound stillness of the Sonoran Desert wilderness, as...


National park fans are celebrating some good news out of southern Utah: this week, The Trust for Public Land completed a years-long effort to ensure public access to the Narrows Trail into Zion National Park. In a deal with a local landowner, we closed the last gap in...


Big news for national park fans: One of Zion National Park’s most iconic hikes, the Narrows Trail, is now permanently protected from closure and development.

Hiking the Narrows is an immersive experience. The route follows the Virgin River into a deep slot canyon in a remote corner of...


Great news from Capitol Hill: this week, the Senate passed S.47, the Natural Resources Management Act. It’s a complex package of bills addressing all kinds of projects and priorities for keeping our public lands healthy, whole, and open for people to explore—from funding search-and-rescue...


In the early 1860s, a handful of Mormon pioneers in Utah settled near the mouth of a deep, dark canyon carved by the Virgin River. The Paiute people who’d inhabited the area for generations called the canyon Mukuntuweap, which may have meant “straight canyon,” given its sheer walls. The Mormon...

Press release

The Trust for Public Land, in partnership with the State of Utah Department of Natural Resources and the USDA Forest Service, today announced the protection of a 382-acre ranch adjacent to the Dixie National Forest and just northeast of Zion National Park.

View from the cliffs over the confluence of the Green and Yampa rivers

The steady current of the Green River pulls our rafts and kayaks toward what looks like a geologic impossibility.

Ahead of us is a gigantic gap, a thousand feet deep, where the river appears to flow placidly right through the Uinta Mountains of northeastern Utah. As we enter, we crane our...

Panorama of Canyon Rims

Last week, Utah congressman Rob Bishop released an updated version of his Public Lands Initiative, a proposal more than three years in the making. At stake is the fate of 18 million acres of public land across seven counties in eastern Utah—with potentially huge implications for the future of...

Bonneville Shoreline Trail

Utah residents have a peculiar park predicament. On the one hand, their state is famous for its spectacular natural landscapes—from the red canyons of Zion to the snowy peaks of the Wasatch Range. It boasts five celebrated national parks and world-famous skiing, mountain biking, and rock...

In the News

The main entrance hikers use to get to the Zion Narrows Trail, one of the West's most popular hiking routes, has been permanently protected from development into homes, The Trust for Public Land announced today.