President Obama Names Bears Ears a National Monument

December 28, 2016 by National Trust for Historic Preservation

In response to passionate pleas from Native American tribes, conservation and preservation groups, elected officials, and advocates like you, President Obama has just designated 1.35 million acres of southeast Utah as Bears Ears National Monument. This designation, enabled by the Antiquities Act, provides permanent protection to one of the most significant cultural landscapes in the country.

Please join us in thanking President Obama for preserving this priceless landscape!

Bears Ears, a National Treasure, is home to more than 100,000 cultural and archeological sites associated with Pueblo, Navajo, Hopi, and Ute tribes, yet is suffering from looting, mismanaged recreational use, and development threats.

This designation gives greater priority to the protection of historic and natural resources within the national monument, ensuring this extraordinary piece of our shared heritage can be enjoyed by current and future generations.

The Mother Road turns 100 years old in 2026—share your Route 66 story to celebrate the Centennial. Together, we’ll tell the full American story of Route 66!

Share Your Story