Colorado Southwest District
The Southwest Colorado District manages 2.7 million surface acres. The district is comprised of the Uncompahgre, Grand Junction and Tres Rios field offices, and encompasses 7.3 million acres of subsurface minerals, including the natural gas wells of the Northern San Juan and Paradox basins and coal leases in the valley of the North Fork of the Gunnison River. The BLM’s Southwest District includes several specially designated areas, including the Gunnison Gorge National Conservation Area and Wilderness; McInnis Canyons National Conservation Area and Black Ridge Canyons Wilderness; Canyons of the Ancients National Monument (along with its associated Visitor Center and Museum); Powderhorn Wilderness; and Dominguez-Escalante National Conservation Area and Dominguez Canyons Wilderness. The Spring Creek Wild Horse Herd Management Area is located within the Tres Rios Field Office and the Little Book Cliffs Wild Horse Range is located in the Grand Junction Field Office. The district includes some of the most spectacular scenery in Colorado, from the adobe badlands and Gold Medal trout fisheries in the Gunnison Gorge to the canyons of the Colorado Plateau. The District is rich in cultural resources and has numerous recreational opportunities.