A community-powered, grassroots education center designed to help guide visitors respectfully explore Bears Ears National Monument is now open in Bluff.
The Bears Ears Education Center provides visitors with information on where to go and what to see while encouraging those visiting the region to ‘Visit with Respect’ in an effort to preserve the natural and cultural landscape of southeast Utah.
“This is a necessary and positive step toward protecting this internationally significant cultural landscape – a landscape sacred to many Tribes and Pueblos,” said Friends of Cedar Mesa Executive Director Josh Ewing. “The support from those in the Bluff community and beyond has been tremendous as we work together to lessen visitor impacts on public lands in southeast Utah.”
Staffed with volunteers, the center aims to provide hikers, backpackers, paddlers, climbers and other adventurers with information, educational exhibits, free maps, and a gift shop that sells memorabilia, books and limited equipment for visiting the area with respect.
The education center also features information on the archaeology of the area, the creation and history of Bears Ears National Monument, and its importance to Tribes and Pueblos. In fact, the Bears Ears Education Center is currently expanding to include a collaborative Tribal exhibit driven by the five Tribes and Pueblos of the Bears Ears Intertribal Coalition. Also coming soon, visitors will be able to experience remote backcountry sites through virtual reality simulations that simultaneously teach the best practices for visiting these sensitive and fragile spaces.
The Bears Ears Education Center is located at 567 W. Main Street in Bluff, UT. It is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Thursday to Monday, from March through November.
Be sure to check out these upcoming events at the Bears Ears Education Center: