BLM Acquires Parcel within Canyons of the Ancients National Monument
With Land and Water Conservation Fund appropriations, the BLM this spring completed purchase of the 800-acre Alexander/Yellow Jacket Canyon parcel within the Canyons of the Ancients National Monument, a part of the National Conservation Lands.
Established in 2000, the 173,000-acre Canyons of the Ancients National Monument protects cultural and natural resources on a landscape scale. The Monument contains the highest density of cultural resource sites in the nation, including more than 6,000 documented cliff dwellings, villages, great kivas, shrines, agricultural fields, check dams, petroglyphs and pictographs, and pottery kilns. A total of 20,000 to 30,000 sites are predicted to be in the area. Approximately 45,000 visitors annually explore these ancient sites and camp, hike, horseback ride, mountain bike, use ATV’s on existing roads, hunt, and view wildlife within the Monument.
The BLM estimates the Alexander/Yellow Jacket Canyon parcel may contain as many as 170 cultural sites associated with Yellow Jacket Pueblo, one of the largest and best studied Ancestral Puebloan sites in the Southwest.
Photos by Bob Wick, Wilderness Specialist for the BLM National Conservation Lands