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Off-Roaders Welcome BLM’s Decision to Reopen Utah’s Recapture Canyon to Motorized Recreation

By SEMA Washington, D.C., Staff

U.S. Department of the Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke has announced that the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has opened nearly seven miles of trails in the north end of Recapture Canyon in San Juan County, Utah, to motorized recreation. The decision is welcomed news for off-road enthusiasts who will be able to enjoy 5.6 miles of trails specifically for all-terrain vehicle (ATV) use and 1.2 miles of trails that can accommodate full-size vehicles. BLM’s travel management plan lifts a 2007 ban on motorized travel through Recapture Canyon, which closed 1,871 acres to motorized vehicles.

While making the announcement, Secretary Zinke noted that, “Allowing ATVs and other vehicles in Recapture Canyon will open up opportunities for people to enjoy our public lands while still protecting the cultural and natural resources that make the place special.” 

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