You can help Utah’s Zion-Mojave region by sending a statement of support to Secretary of the Interior Gale Norton. The Bureau of Land Management, overseen by Secretary Norton and the Department of the Interior, has the legal responsibility to create plans for motorized travel on public lands that will prevent wilderness-quality lands from being degraded forever. This is particularly important for the protection of the wild Zion-Mojave, given the rampant growth in Off-Road Vehicle use inthe region. 

The Bureau of Land Management is long overdue in issuing a travel plan for the Zion-Mojave proposed wilderness. Citizens of Utah have recognized this gross mismanagement of the land, and have thus prepared the Virgin River Heritage Plan. The Virgin River Heritage Plan aims to create a sustainable route designation plan for the lands of the Zion-Mojave, solving user conflicts and ensuring that environmental protections are appropriately applied.

Ask Secretary Norton to create a balanced and fair recreation and Off-Road Vehicle plan for the Zion-Mojave, following the guidance of the Virgin River Heritage Plan, that will protect the area’s scenic, recreation, wildlife, and archaeological values from Off-Road Vehicle damage.

Please don’t delay—your participation WILL make a difference! 



To make your statement even more powerful, personalize your message. Consider using the following points:

  • If you have spent time in southwest Utah and enjoyed the beauty and solitude of the area, describe your experience.

  • The Zion-Mojave area is a transition zone between three ecosystems: the Great Basin, Colorado Plateau, and Mojave Desert, creating a biologically and geologically rich landscape. Its proximity to St. George, Utah, one of the fastest growing cities in the U.S., makes protection of the Zion-Mojave proposed wilderness all the more timely and critical.

  • Currently, 96 percent of the public lands in Washington County are within one mile of a motorized route, and only 0.1 percent are more than two miles from a route. The Virgin River Heritage Plan provides a more balanced management approach that will protect wilderness values while still allowing for appropriate motorized access and recreation.

  • The Zion-Mojave region has more than 300,000 acres of wilderness-quality lands that need protection NOW from uncontrolled ORV use!



Please print and sign the statement and mail it to:

The Honorable Gale A. Norton
Secretary, U.S. Department of the Interior
1849 C Street, NW
Washington, DC 20240


Stay tuned for more action opportunities in the future specifically dealing with designating the Zion-Mojave as Wilderness. Thank you!

For more information or to get involved, please contact us at [email protected].

Banner: Cottonwood proposed wilderness. Photo by Jeremy Franchow
Sidebar: Canaan Mountain proposed wilderness. Photo by Jen Jackson