New Interactive Maps Showcase Climbing Opportunities

A Department of Interior, Bureau of Land Management series of interactive online maps designed to promote climbing and other recreational opportunities on BLM-managed public Lands.

Developed in cooperation with Access Fund and Mountain Project, the maps allow individuals to easily plan exciting climbing experiences at sites around the western United States.

“The Trump Administration is committed to expanding and promoting the untold number of recreational opportunities for Americans to enjoy on public lands,” said U.S. Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt. “We have some of the best rock climbing sites in the world, and I hope that this new map can help to further highlight these locations and encourage more outdoor enthusiasts to explore our great outdoors.”

U.S. Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt

“The BLM is proud to share these maps and promote access to some of the world’s best climbing areas,” said Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Interior Casey Hammondexercising the authority of the BLM Director. “We are committed to expanding recreational opportunities on public lands for all Americans, and these interactive maps provide a great tool for folks to further explore the great outdoors.”

Casey Hammond, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Interior
BLM Volcanic Tablelands Climbing Area, CA

Now climbers can pull information about specific BLM-managed climbing areas through a centralized online tool while on the go. The maps, available at https://arcg.is/1SP18f, include useful site information such as photos, the season of use, area characteristics, and difficulty levels. Visitors can also find a number of nearby attractions for each climbing site.

“The BLM manages some of the most iconic climbing destinations in the United States,” said Katie Goodwin, Policy Analyst at Access Fund. “This project has been part of an exciting collaborative effort between Access Fund, Mountain Project, and the BLM, and we look forward to our continued work to manage and promote America’s cherished climbing destinations.”

Katie Goodwin, Policy Analyst at Access Fund

“BLM-managed climbing areas hold some of the country’s best opportunities for people to learn about climbing and expand their skills,” said Matt Wade, Advocacy and Policy Director at the American Mountain Guides Association. “The new interactive online maps just released by the BLM will help more Americans access these areas and visit responsibly.” 

Matt Wade, Advocacy and Policy Director at the American Mountain Guides Association

BLM-managed public lands represent the largest acreage available for recreation in America. About 67 million visits are made annually to these public lands and waters, supporting more than 47,000 jobs nationwide and contributing almost $7 billion to the country’s economy.

Trout Creek BLM Climbing area, Oregon.

The BLM invites the public to visit one or more of the featured climbing destinations in Arizona, California, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, and Wyoming. The climbing area maps can be found at https://arcg.is/1SP18f.

Background on Great Outdoors Month

President George W. Bush initially proclaimed Great Outdoors Week in 2001 and 2002. In 2004, he issued June as Great Outdoors Month, and it has been proclaimed every year since. In 2017 and 2018, President Trump proclaimed the need to improve upon the management of public lands through public-private partnerships and the importance of expanding hunting and fishing rights at national wildlife refuges across the country. In accordance with this directive, the Department of the Interior has expanded hunting and fishing access, most recently proposing a 1.4 million acre expansion nationwide. To view this year’s Great Outdoors Month proclamation from President Trump, click here.

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