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Bears Ears Partnership leads on the ground site conservation, education, stewardship and research programs to protect and build respect for the greater Bears Ears cultural landscape.

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Visit With Respect

Cultural sites are sacred to Indigenous peoples and integral to American history. By treading softly and leaving things as we find them, we show respect for those who came before us and those who will visit after us.

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Education Center

Bears Ears Education Center

The Bears Ears Education Center is a community-powered space that aims to equip hikers, backpackers, paddlers, climbers and other visitors with tips and resources on how to visit the public lands of San Juan County and Bears Ears National Monument with respect.


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Explore Bears Ears

Bears Ears National Monument offers a wealth to do and see, including camping, hiking and scenic drives.  Learn how to visit with respect on foot, on wheels and more.

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Beef Basin Butterfly Count

Beef Basin Butterfly Count

Join BEP for a day of citizen science to celebrate and collect data on butterflies! Did you know southeast Utah is home to more than 100 butterfly species? You'll learn why butterflies are important to the ecosystem, how to identify different species and how to count them. Not only is this a fun way to learn about the Bears Ears landscape, you'll be contributing data that will support conservation efforts. 

The Beef Basin Butterfly Count is BEP's second annual Butterfly Count, with a second day added this year on July 14 in Cedar Mesa.

Bring: water, snacks, lunch, hiking boots, phones/camera, binoculars, day pack.

Ricky will provide guide booklets and butterfly nets.


8:30am: Meet up at Newspaper Rock, Indian Creek and travel to survey site at Beef Basin Road.

BEP will be providing transportation in our 15-person van. If you like to bring your own vehicle, please let Ricky know so we can plan accordingly.

9am – 2pm: Survey day around Beef Basin Road

Optional: Join an additional hike up Indian Creek, around 6 miles round trip. Bring waterproof shoes, day bag, water, warm coat, nightlight (headlamp) and extra snacks. 

To attend:

1. Fill out the registration below

2. Fill out the Waiver form

3. Sign the photo release form

Questions? Contact Volunteer Manager Ricky Begaye at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Event Information

Event Date 07-13-2024 8:30 am

We are no longer accepting registration for this event

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