Environews: Recapture Canyon (sort of) closed to ATVs

By Amy Brunvand

San Juan County can have an off-road vehicle trail, just not in the bottom of Recapture Canyon. In 2014, after BLM closed an illegally constructed trail to motor vehicles, San Juan County Commissioner Phil Lyman (apparently fired up by anti-government supporters of Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy) led a protest ride in Recapture Canyon resulting in his conviction for conspiracy and trespass. In April the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) denied a request from the County to make the illegal trail permanent, but approved an alternate trail plan that avoids the ecologically sensitive canyon bottom and fragile archeological sites. Recapture canyon remains open for hiking and horseback riding.

This article was originally published on June 1, 2017.