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America’s Red Rock Wilderness Act

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116TH CONGRESS 
2D SESSION H. R. 5775 

To designate as wilderness certain Federal portions of the red rock canyons 
of the Colorado Plateau and the Great Basin Deserts in the State 
of Utah for the benefit of present and future generations of people 
in the United States. 

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES 

FEBRUARY 6, 2020 
Mr. LOWENTHAL (for himself, Ms. BARRAGÁN, Mr. BEYER, Mr. BLU-

MENAUER, Mr. BRENDAN F. BOYLE of Pennsylvania, Ms. BROWNLEY of 
California, Ms. BONAMICI, Mr. CARTWRIGHT, Mr. CASTEN of Illinois, Ms. 
JUDY CHU of California, Mr. CLAY, Mr. COHEN, Mrs. WATSON COLE-
MAN, Mr. CONNOLLY, Ms. DELBENE, Mr. DEFAZIO, Ms. DEGETTE, Mrs. 
DINGELL, Ms. ESHOO, Mr. FOSTER, Mr. GARAMENDI, Ms. HAALAND, 
Mr. HASTINGS, Mr. HIMES, Ms. KELLY of Illinois, Mr. KILMER, Mr. 
KILDEE, Mr. KIND, Mrs. KIRKPATRICK, Mr. KHANNA, Mr. 
KRISHNAMOORTHI, Ms. LEE of California, Mr. LIPINSKI, Ms. LOFGREN, 
Mr. LYNCH, Mr. MALINOWSKI, Ms. MCCOLLUM, Mr. MCGOVERN, Mr. 
MCNERNEY, Mr. MEEKS, Ms. MOORE, Mr. MOULTON, Ms. NORTON, Mr. 
PANETTA, Mr. PASCRELL, Ms. PINGREE, Mr. POCAN, Mr. RASKIN, Mr. 
ROUDA, Ms. SCHAKOWSKY, Mr. SCHIFF, Ms. SCHRIER, Mr. SUOZZI, Mr. 
TONKO, Mrs. TRAHAN, Ms. UNDERWOOD, Ms. VELÁZQUEZ, Mr. WELCH, 
and Mr. CASE) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the 
Committee on Natural Resources 

A BILL 
To designate as wilderness certain Federal portions of the 

red rock canyons of the Colorado Plateau and the Great 
Basin Deserts in the State of Utah for the benefit of 
present and future generations of people in the United 
States. 

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Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representa-1

tives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, 2

SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE; TABLE OF CONTENTS. 3

(a) SHORT TITLE.—This Act may be cited as the 4

‘‘America’s Red Rock Wilderness Act’’. 5

(b) TABLE OF CONTENTS.—The table of contents of 6

this Act is as follows: 7

Sec. 1. Short title; table of contents. 
Sec. 2. Definitions. 

TITLE I—DESIGNATION OF WILDERNESS AREAS 

Sec. 101. Great Basin Wilderness Areas. 
Sec. 102. Grand Staircase-Escalante Wilderness Areas. 
Sec. 103. Moab-La Sal Canyons Wilderness Areas. 
Sec. 104. Henry Mountains Wilderness Areas. 
Sec. 105. Glen Canyon Wilderness Areas. 
Sec. 106. San Juan-Anasazi Wilderness Areas. 
Sec. 107. Canyonlands Basin Wilderness Areas. 
Sec. 108. San Rafael Swell Wilderness Areas. 
Sec. 109. Book Cliffs and Uinta Basin Wilderness Areas. 

TITLE II—ADMINISTRATIVE PROVISIONS 

Sec. 201. General provisions. 
Sec. 202. Administration. 
Sec. 203. State school trust land within wilderness areas. 
Sec. 204. Water. 
Sec. 205. Roads. 
Sec. 206. Livestock. 
Sec. 207. Fish and wildlife. 
Sec. 208. Management of newly acquired land. 
Sec. 209. Withdrawal. 

SEC. 2. DEFINITIONS. 8

In this Act: 9

(1) SECRETARY.—The term ‘‘Secretary’’ means 10

the Secretary of the Interior, acting through the Bu-11

reau of Land Management. 12

(2) STATE.—The term ‘‘State’’ means the State 13

of Utah. 14

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TITLE I—DESIGNATION OF 1
WILDERNESS AREAS 2

SEC. 101. GREAT BASIN WILDERNESS AREAS. 3

(a) FINDINGS.—Congress finds that— 4

(1) the Great Basin region of western Utah is 5

comprised of starkly beautiful mountain ranges that 6

rise as islands from the desert floor; 7

(2) the Wah Wah Mountains in the Great 8

Basin region are arid and austere, with massive cliff 9

faces and leathery slopes speckled with piñon and ju-10

niper; 11

(3) the Pilot Range and Stansbury Mountains 12

in the Great Basin region are high enough to draw 13

moisture from passing clouds and support eco-14

systems found nowhere else on earth; 15

(4) from bristlecone pine, the world’s oldest liv-16

ing organism, to newly flowered mountain meadows, 17

mountains of the Great Basin region are islands of 18

nature that— 19

(A) support remarkable biological diversity; 20

and 21

(B) provide opportunities to experience the 22

colossal silence of the Great Basin; and 23

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(5) the Great Basin region of western Utah 1

should be protected and managed to ensure the pres-2

ervation of the natural conditions of the region. 3

(b) DESIGNATION.—In accordance with the Wilder-4

ness Act (16 U.S.C. 1131, et seq.), the following areas 5

in the State are designated as wilderness areas and as 6

components of the National Wilderness Preservation Sys-7

tem: 8

(1) Antelope Range (approximately 17,000 9

acres). 10

(2) Barn Hills (approximately 21,000 acres). 11

(3) Black Hills (approximately 8,700 acres). 12

(4) Bullgrass Knoll (approximately 16,000 13

acres). 14

(5) Burbank Hills/Tunnel Spring (approxi-15

mately 94,000 acres). 16

(6) Conger Mountain (approximately 31,000 17

acres). 18

(7) Crater and Silver Island Mountains (ap-19

proximately 121,000 acres). 20

(8) Crater Bench (approximately 35,000 acres). 21

(9) Cricket Mountains (approximately 56,000 22

acres). 23

(10) Deep Creek Mountains (approximately 24

128,000 acres). 25

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(11) Drum Mountains (approximately 40,500 1

acres). 2

(12) Dugway Mountains (approximately 24,500 3

acres). 4

(13) Fish Springs Range (approximately 5

64,500 acres). 6

(14) Granite Peak (approximately 19,500 7

acres). 8

(15) Grassy Mountains (approximately 24,000 9

acres). 10

(16) Grouse Creek Mountains (approximately 11

15,000 acres). 12

(17) House Range (approximately 202,000 13

acres). 14

(18) Keg Mountain (approximately 38,500 15

acres). 16

(19) Kern Mountains (approximately 15,000 17

acres). 18

(20) King Top (approximately 111,000 acres). 19

(21) Little Goose Creek (approximately 1,300 20

acres). 21

(22) Middle/Granite Mountain (approximately 22

81,000 acres). 23

(23) Mount Escalante (approximately 17,500 24

acres). 25

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(24) Mountain Home Range (approximately 1

90,000 acres). 2

(25) Newfoundland Mountains (approximately 3

23,000 acres). 4

(26) Ochre Mountain (approximately 13,500 5

acres). 6

(27) Oquirrh Mountains (approximately 8,900 7

acres). 8

(28) Painted Rock (approximately 26,500 9

acres). 10

(29) Paradise/Steamboat Mountains (approxi-11

mately 136,000 acres). 12

(30) Pilot Range (approximately 44,000 acres). 13

(31) Red Tops (approximately 28,000 acres). 14

(32) Rockwell-Little Sahara (approximately 15

19,000 acres). 16

(33) San Francisco Mountains (approximately 17

40,000 acres). 18

(34) Sand Ridge (approximately 73,000 acres). 19

(35) Sevier Plateau (approximately 30,000 20

acres). 21

(36) Simpson Mountains (approximately 43,000 22

acres). 23

(37) Snake Valley (approximately 103,000 24

acres). 25

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(38) Spring Creek Canyon (approximately 1

5,200 acres). 2

(39) Stansbury Island (approximately 9,900 3

acres). 4

(40) Stansbury Mountains (approximately 5

25,000 acres). 6

(41) Thomas Range (approximately 41,000 7

acres). 8

(42) Tule Valley (approximately 159,000 9

acres). 10

(43) Wah Wah Mountains (approximately 11

177,000 acres). 12

(44) White Rock Range (approximately 5,500 13

acres). 14

SEC. 102. GRAND STAIRCASE-ESCALANTE WILDERNESS 15

AREAS. 16

(a) GRAND STAIRCASE AREA.— 17

(1) FINDINGS.—Congress finds that— 18

(A) the area known as the Grand Staircase 19

rises more than 6,000 feet in a series of great 20

cliffs and plateaus from the depths of the 21

Grand Canyon to the forested rim of Bryce 22

Canyon; 23

(B) the Grand Staircase— 24

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(i) spans 6 major life zones, from the 1

lower Sonoran Desert to the alpine forest; 2

and 3

(ii) encompasses geologic formations 4

that display 3,000,000, years of Earth’s 5

history; 6

(C) land managed by the Secretary lines 7

the intricate canyon system of the Paria River 8

and forms a vital natural corridor connection to 9

the deserts and forests of those national parks; 10

(D) land described in paragraph (2) (other 11

than East of Bryce, the majority of Upper 12

Kanab Creek, Moquith Mountain, Bunting 13

Point, Canaan Mountain, Orderville Canyon, 14

Parunuweap Canyon, and Vermillion Cliffs) is 15

located within the Grand Staircase-Escalante 16

National Monument, as established in 1996; 17

and 18

(E) the Grand Staircase in Utah should be 19

protected and managed as a wilderness area. 20

(2) DESIGNATION.—In accordance with the 21

Wilderness Act (16 U.S.C. 1131, et seq.), the fol-22

lowing areas in the State are designated as wilder-23

ness areas and as components of the National Wil-24

derness Preservation System: 25

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(A) Bryce Boot (approximately 2,800 1

acres). 2

(B) Bryce View (approximately 850 acres). 3

(C) Bunting Point (approximately 11,000 4

acres). 5

(D) Canaan Mountain (approximately 6

15,000 acres). 7

(E) East of Bryce (approximately 850 8

acres). 9

(F) Glass Eye Canyon (approximately 10

25,000 acres). 11

(G) Ladder Canyon (approximately 14,000 12

acres). 13

(H) Moquith Mountain (approximately 14

15,500 acres). 15

(I) Nephi Point (approximately 15,000 16

acres). 17

(J) Orderville Canyon (approximately 18

8,100 acres). 19

(K) Paria-Hackberry (approximately 20

196,000 acres). 21

(L) Paria Wilderness Expansion (approxi-22

mately 4,000 acres). 23

(M) Parunuweap Canyon (approximately 24

44,500 acres). 25

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(N) Pine Hollow (approximately 11,000 1

acres). 2

(O) Slopes of Bryce (approximately 3,700 3

acres). 4

(P) Timber Mountain (approximately 5

52,500 acres). 6

(Q) Upper Kanab Creek (approximately 7

51,000 acres). 8

(R) Vermillion Cliffs (approximately 9

26,000 acres). 10

(S) Willis Creek (approximately 21,000 11

acres). 12

(b) KAIPAROWITS PLATEAU.— 13

(1) FINDINGS.—Congress finds that— 14

(A) the Kaiparowits Plateau east of the 15

Paria River is one of the most rugged and iso-16

lated wilderness regions in the United States; 17

(B) the Kaiparowits Plateau, a windswept 18

land of harsh beauty, contains distant vistas 19

and a remarkable variety of plant and animal 20

species; 21

(C) ancient forests, an abundance of big 22

game animals, and 22 species of raptors thrive 23

undisturbed on the grassland mesa tops of the 24

Kaiparowits Plateau; 25

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(D) each of the areas described in para-1

graph (2) (other than Heaps Canyon, Little 2

Valley, and Wide Hollow) is located within the 3

Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, 4

as established in 1996; and 5

(E) the Kaiparowits Plateau should be pro-6

tected and managed as a wilderness area. 7

(2) DESIGNATION.—In accordance with the 8

Wilderness Act (16 U.S.C. 1131, et seq.), the fol-9

lowing areas in the State are designated as wilder-10

ness areas and as components of the National Wil-11

derness Preservation System: 12

(A) Andalex Not (approximately 18,000 13

acres). 14

(B) Box Canyon (approximately 3,000 15

acres). 16

(C) Burning Hills (approximately 81,000 17

acres). 18

(D) Canaan Peak Slopes (approximately 19

2,500 acres). 20

(E) Carcass Canyon (approximately 21

85,000 acres). 22

(F) Fiftymile Bench (approximately 23

13,000 acres). 24

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(G) Fiftymile Mountain (approximately 1

207,000 acres). 2

(H) Heaps Canyon (approximately 4,000 3

acres). 4

(I) Horse Spring Canyon (approximately 5

32,000 acres). 6

(J) Kodachrome Headlands (approximately 7

8,500 acres). 8

(K) Little Valley Canyon (approximately 9

4,000 acres). 10

(L) Mud Spring Canyon (approximately 11

66,000 acres). 12

(M) Nipple Bench (approximately 32,000 13

acres). 14

(N) Paradise Canyon-Wahweap (approxi-15

mately 266,000 acres). 16

(O) Rock Cove (approximately 17,000 17

acres). 18

(P) The Blues (approximately 22,000 19

acres). 20

(Q) The Cockscomb (approximately 12,000 21

acres). 22

(R) Warm Creek (approximately 24,000 23

acres). 24

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(S) Wide Hollow (approximately 7,700 1

acres). 2

(c) ESCALANTE CANYONS.— 3

(1) FINDINGS.—Congress finds that— 4

(A) glens and coves carved in massive 5

sandstone cliffs, spring-watered hanging gar-6

dens, and the silence of ancient Anasazi ruins 7

are examples of the unique features that entice 8

hikers, campers, and sightseers from around 9

the world to Escalante Canyon; 10

(B) Escalante Canyon links the spruce fir 11

forests of the 11,000-foot Aquarius Plateau 12

with winding slickrock canyons that flow into 13

Glen Canyon; 14

(C) Escalante Canyon, one of Utah’s most 15

popular natural areas, contains critical habitat 16

for deer, elk, and wild bighorn sheep that also 17

enhances the scenic integrity of the area; 18

(D) each of the areas described in para-19

graph (2) is located within the Grand Staircase 20

Escalante National Monument, as established 21

in 1996; and 22

(E) Escalante Canyon should be protected 23

and managed as a wilderness area. 24

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(2) DESIGNATION.—In accordance with the 1

Wilderness Act (16 U.S.C. 1131, et seq.), the fol-2

lowing areas in the State are designated as wilder-3

ness areas and as components of the National Wil-4

derness Preservation System: 5

(A) Colt Mesa (approximately 28,000 6

acres). 7

(B) Death Hollow (approximately 50,000 8

acres). 9

(C) Forty Mile Gulch (approximately 7,600 10

acres). 11

(D) Lampstand (approximately 11,500 12

acres). 13

(E) Muley Twist Flank (approximately 14

3,700 acres). 15

(F) North Escalante Canyons (approxi-16

mately 182,000 acres). 17

(G) Pioneer Mesa (approximately 11,000 18

acres). 19

(H) Scorpion (approximately 61,000 20

acres). 21

(I) Sooner Bench (approximately 500 22

acres). 23

(J) Steep Creek (approximately 36,000 24

acres). 25

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(K) Studhorse Peaks (approximately 1

24,000 acres). 2

SEC. 103. MOAB-LA SAL CANYONS WILDERNESS AREAS. 3

(a) FINDINGS.—Congress finds that— 4

(1) the canyons surrounding the La Sal Moun-5

tains and the town of Moab offer a variety of ex-6

traordinary landscapes; 7

(2) outstanding examples of natural formations 8

and landscapes in the Moab-La Sal area include the 9

huge sandstone fins of Behind the Rocks, the mys-10

terious Fisher Towers, and the whitewater rapids of 11

Westwater Canyon; and 12

(3) the Moab-La Sal area should be protected 13

and managed as a wilderness area. 14

(b) DESIGNATION.—In accordance with the Wilder-15

ness Act (16 U.S.C. 1131, et seq.), the following areas 16

in the State are designated as wilderness areas and as 17

components of the National Wilderness Preservation Sys-18

tem: 19

(1) Arches Adjacent (approximately 4,100 20

acres). 21

(2) Beaver Creek (approximately 45,000 acres). 22

(3) Behind the Rocks (approximately 19,500 23

acres). 24

(4) Big Triangle (approximately 21,500 acres). 25

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(5) Coyote Wash (approximately 27,000 acres). 1

(6) Dome Plateau (approximately 36,500 2

acres). 3

(7) Fisher Towers (approximately 18,000 4

acres). 5

(8) Goldbar Canyon (approximately 9,500 6

acres). 7

(9) Granite Creek (approximately 5,000 acres). 8

(10) Hunter Canyon (approximately 5,500 9

acres). 10

(11) Mary Jane Canyon (approximately 27,500 11

acres). 12

(12) Mill Creek (approximately 17,000 acres). 13

(13) Morning Glory (approximately 11,000 14

acres). 15

(14) Porcupine Rim (approximately 10,000 16

acres). 17

(15) Renegade Point (approximately 6,200 18

acres). 19

(16) Westwater Canyon (approximately 39,000 20

acres). 21

(17) Yellow Bird (approximately 4,600 acres). 22

SEC. 104. HENRY MOUNTAINS WILDERNESS AREAS. 23

(a) FINDINGS.—Congress finds that— 24

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(1) the Henry Mountain Range, the last moun-1

tain range to be discovered and named by early ex-2

plorers in the contiguous United States, still retains 3

a wild and undiscovered quality; 4

(2) fluted badlands that surround the flanks of 5

11,000-foot Mounts Ellen and Pennell contain areas 6

of critical habitat for mule deer and for the largest 7

herd of free-roaming buffalo in the United States; 8

(3) despite their relative accessibility, the Henry 9

Mountain Range remains one of the wildest, least 10

known ranges in the United States; and 11

(4) the Henry Mountain range should be pro-12

tected and managed to ensure the preservation of 13

the range as a wilderness area. 14

(b) DESIGNATION.—In accordance with the Wilder-15

ness Act (16 U.S.C. 1131, et seq.), the following areas 16

in the State are designated as wilderness areas and as 17

components of the National Wilderness Preservation Sys-18

tem: 19

(1) Bull Mountain (approximately 16,000 20

acres). 21

(2) Bullfrog Creek (approximately 42,000 22

acres). 23

(3) Dogwater Creek (approximately 3,400 24

acres). 25

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(4) Fremont Gorge (approximately 22,000 1

acres). 2

(5) Long Canyon (approximately 16,500 acres). 3

(6) Mount Ellen-Blue Hills (approximately 4

145,000 acres). 5

(7) Mount Hillers (approximately 20,000 6

acres). 7

(8) Mount Pennell (approximately 155,000 8

acres). 9

(9) Notom Bench (approximately 7,300 acres). 10

(10) Oak Creek (approximately 1,500 acres). 11

(11) Ragged Mountain (approximately 29,000 12

acres). 13

SEC. 105. GLEN CANYON WILDERNESS AREAS. 14

(a) FINDINGS.—Congress finds that— 15

(1) the side canyons of Glen Canyon, including 16

the Dirty Devil River and the Red, White and Blue 17

Canyons, contain some of the most remote and out-18

standing landscapes in southern Utah; 19

(2) the Dirty Devil River, once the fortress 20

hideout of outlaw Butch Cassidy’s Wild Bunch, has 21

sculpted a maze of slickrock canyons through an im-22

posing landscape of monoliths and inaccessible 23

mesas; 24

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(3) the Red and Blue Canyons contain colorful 1

Chinle/Moenkopi badlands found nowhere else in the 2

region; and 3

(4) the canyons of Glen Canyon in the State 4

should be protected and managed as wilderness 5

areas. 6

(b) DESIGNATION.—In accordance with the Wilder-7

ness Act (16 U.S.C. 1131, et seq.), the following areas 8

in the State are designated as wilderness areas and as 9

components of the National Wilderness Preservation Sys-10

tem: 11

(1) Cane Spring Desert (approximately 18,000 12

acres). 13

(2) Dark Canyon (approximately 138,000 14

acres). 15

(3) Dirty Devil (approximately 245,000 acres). 16

(4) Fiddler Butte (approximately 93,000 acres). 17

(5) Flat Tops (approximately 30,000 acres). 18

(6) Little Rockies (approximately 64,000 19

acres). 20

(7) Red Rock Plateau (approximately 210,000 21

acres). 22

(8) The Needle (approximately 11,000 acres). 23

(9) White Canyon (approximately 115,500 24

acres). 25

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SEC. 106. SAN JUAN-ANASAZI WILDERNESS AREAS. 1

(a) FINDINGS.—Congress finds that— 2

(1) more than 1,000 years ago, the Anasazi In-3

dian culture flourished in the slickrock canyons and 4

on the piñon-covered mesas of southeastern Utah; 5

(2) evidence of the ancient presence of the 6

Anasazi pervades the Cedar Mesa area of the San 7

Juan-Anasazi area where cliff dwellings, rock art, 8

and ceremonial kivas embellish sandstone overhangs 9

and isolated benchlands; 10

(3) the Cedar Mesa area is in need of protec-11

tion from the vandalism and theft of its unique cul-12

tural resources; 13

(4) the Cedar Mesa wilderness areas should be 14

created to protect both the archaeological heritage 15

and the extraordinary wilderness, scenic, and eco-16

logical values of the United States; and 17

(5) the San Juan-Anasazi area should be pro-18

tected and managed as a wilderness area to ensure 19

the preservation of the unique and valuable re-20

sources of that area. 21

(b) DESIGNATION.—In accordance with the Wilder-22

ness Act (16 U.S.C. 1131, et seq.), the following areas 23

in the State are designated as wilderness areas and as 24

components of the National Wilderness Preservation Sys-25

tem: 26

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(1) Allen Canyon (approximately 6,400 acres). 1

(2) Arch Canyon (approximately 30,500 acres). 2

(3) Comb Ridge (approximately 16,000 acres). 3

(4) Cross Canyon (approximately 2,400 acres). 4

(5) East Montezuma (approximately 46,500). 5

(6) Fish and Owl Creek Canyon (approximately 6

74,000 acres). 7

(7) Grand Gulch (approximately 161,000 8

acres). 9

(8) Hammond Canyon (approximately 4,700 10

acres). 11

(9) Monument Canyon (approximately 18,000 12

acres). 13

(10) Nokai Dome (approximately 94,000 acres). 14

(11) Road Canyon (approximately 64,000 15

acres). 16

(12) San Juan River (approximately 15,000 17

acres). 18

(13) The Tabernacle (approximately 7,400 19

acres). 20

(14) Tin Cup Mesa (approximately 26,000 21

acres). 22

(15) Valley of the Gods (approximately 20,000 23

acres). 24

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SEC. 107. CANYONLANDS BASIN WILDERNESS AREAS. 1

(a) FINDINGS.—Congress finds that— 2

(1) Canyonlands National Park safeguards only 3

a small portion of the extraordinary red-hued, 4

cliffwalled canyonland region of the Colorado Pla-5

teau; 6

(2) areas near Canyonlands National Park con-7

tain canyons with rushing perennial streams, natural 8

arches, bridges, and towers; 9

(3) the gorges of the Green and Colorado Riv-10

ers lie on adjacent land managed by the Secretary; 11

(4) popular overlooks in Canyonlands National 12

Park and Dead Horse Point State Park have views 13

directly into adjacent areas, including Lockhart 14

Basin and Indian Creek; and 15

(5) designation of those areas as wilderness 16

would ensure the protection of this erosional master-17

piece of nature and of the rich pockets of wildlife 18

found within its expanded boundaries. 19

(b) DESIGNATION.—In accordance with the Wilder-20

ness Act (16 U.S.C. 1131, et seq.), the following areas 21

in the State are designated as wilderness areas and as 22

components of the National Wilderness Preservation Sys-23

tem: 24

(1) Bridger Jack Mesa (approximately 33,500 25

acres). 26

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(2) Butler Wash (approximately 27,000 acres). 1

(3) Dead Horse Cliffs (approximately 5,300 2

acres). 3

(4) Demon’s Playground (approximately 3,600 4

acres). 5

(5) Duma Point (approximately 14,500 acres). 6

(6) Gooseneck (approximately 9,400 acres). 7

(7) Hatch Point Canyons/Lockhart Basin (ap-8

proximately 150,500 acres). 9

(8) Horseshoe Canyon (approximately 83,500 10

acres). 11

(9) Horsethief Point (approximately 15,500 12

acres). 13

(10) Indian Creek (approximately 28,500 14

acres). 15

(11) Labyrinth Canyon (approximately 83,000 16

acres). 17

(12) San Rafael River (approximately 117,000 18

acres). 19

(13) Shay Mountain (approximately 15,500 20

acres). 21

(14) Sweetwater Reef (approximately 69,500 22

acres). 23

SEC. 108. SAN RAFAEL SWELL WILDERNESS AREAS. 24

(a) FINDINGS.—Congress finds that— 25

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(1) the San Rafael Swell towers above the 1

desert like a castle, ringed by 1,000-foot ramparts of 2

Navajo Sandstone; 3

(2) the highlands of the San Rafael Swell have 4

been fractured by uplift and rendered hollow by ero-5

sion over countless millennia, leaving a tremendous 6

basin punctuated by mesas, buttes, and canyons and 7

traversed by sediment-laden desert streams; 8

(3) among other places, the San Rafael wilder-9

ness offers exceptional back country opportunities in 10

the colorful Wild Horse Badlands, the monoliths of 11

North Caineville Mesa, the rock towers of Cliff 12

Wash, and colorful cliffs of Humbug Canyon; 13

(4) the mountains within these areas are among 14

Utah’s most valuable habitat for desert bighorn 15

sheep; and 16

(5) the San Rafael Swell area should be pro-17

tected and managed to ensure its preservation as a 18

wilderness area. 19

(b) DESIGNATION.—In accordance with the Wilder-20

ness Act (16 U.S.C. 1131, et seq.), the following areas 21

in the State are designated as wilderness areas and as 22

components of the National Wilderness Preservation Sys-23

tem: 24

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(1) Cedar Mountain (approximately 15,000 1

acres). 2

(2) Devils Canyon (approximately 14,000 3

acres). acres). 4

(3) Eagle Canyon (approximately 38,500 5

acres). 6

(4) Factory Butte (approximately 22,000 7

acres). 8

(5) Hondu Country (approximately 2,600 9

acres). 10

(6) Jones Bench (approximately 3,400 acres). 11

(7) Limestone Cliffs (approximately 25,500 12

acres). 13

(8) Lost Spring Wash (approximately 36,500 14

acres). 15

(9) Mexican Mountain (approximately 25,000 16

acres). 17

(10) Molen Reef (approximately 32,500 acres). 18

(11) Muddy Creek (approximately 92,000 19

acres). 20

(12) Mussentuchit Badlands (approximately 21

24,500 acres). 22

(13) Price River-Humbug (approximately 23

122,000 acres). 24

(14) Red Desert (approximately 36,500 acres). 25

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(15) Rock Canyon (approximately 17,500 1

acres). 2

(16) San Rafael Knob (approximately 15,000 3

acres). 4

(17) San Rafael Reef (approximately 53,000 5

acres). 6

(18) Sids Mountain (approximately 36,500 7

acres). 8

(19) Upper Muddy Creek (approximately 9

18,500 acres). 10

(20) Wild Horse Mesa (approximately 63,000 11

acres). 12

SEC. 109. BOOK CLIFFS AND UINTA BASIN WILDERNESS 13

AREAS. 14

(a) FINDINGS.—Congress finds that— 15

(1) the Book Cliffs and Uinta Basin wilderness 16

areas offer— 17

(A) unique big game hunting opportunities 18

in verdant high-plateau forests; 19

(B) the opportunity for float trips of sev-20

eral days duration down the Green River in 21

Desolation Canyon; and 22

(C) the opportunity for calm water canoe 23

weekends on the White River; 24

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(2) the long rampart of the Book Cliffs bounds 1

the area on the south, while seldom-visited uplands, 2

dissected by the rivers and streams, slope away to 3

the north into the Uinta Basin; 4

(3) bears, Bighorn sheep, cougars, elk, and 5

mule deer flourish in the back country of the Book 6

Cliffs; and 7

(4) the Book Cliffs and Uinta Basin areas 8

should be protected and managed to ensure the pro-9

tection of the areas as wilderness. 10

(b) DESIGNATION.—In accordance with the Wilder-11

ness Act (16 U.S.C. 1131, et seq.), the following areas 12

in the State are designated as wilderness areas and as 13

components of the National Wilderness Preservation Sys-14

tem: 15

(1) Bad Land Cliffs (approximately 13,000 16

acres). 17

(2) Bourdette Draw (approximately 15,500 18

acres). 19

(3) Bull Canyon (approximately 3,100 acres). 20

(4) Dead Horse Pass (approximately 8,400 21

acres). 22

(5) Desbrough Canyon (approximately 14,000 23

acres). 24

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(6) Desolation Canyon (approximately 332,000 1

acres). 2

(7) Diamond Breaks (approximately 8,600 3

acres). 4

(8) Diamond Canyon (approximately 168,000 5

acres). 6

(9) Diamond Mountain (approximately 31,000 7

acres). 8

(10) Dinosaur Adjacent (approximately 7,900 9

acres). 10

(11) Goslin Mountain (approximately 3,800 11

acres). 12

(12) Hideout Canyon (approximately 12,500 13

acres). 14

(13) Lower Flaming Gorge (approximately 15

21,000 acres). 16

(14) Mexico Point (approximately 15,00 acres). 17

(15) Moonshine Draw (approximately 10,500 18

acres). 19

(16) Mountain Home (approximately 7,800 20

acres). 21

(17) O-Wi-Yu-Kuts (approximately 14,000 22

acres). 23

(18) Red Creek Badlands (approximately 4,600 24

acres). 25

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(19) Survey Point (approximately 8,600 acres). 1

(20) Turtle Canyon (approximately 9,700 2

acres). 3

TITLE II—ADMINISTRATIVE 4
PROVISIONS 5

SEC. 201. GENERAL PROVISIONS. 6

(a) NAMES OF WILDERNESS AREAS.—Each wilder-7

ness area named in title I shall— 8

(1) consist of the quantity of land referenced 9

with respect to that named area, as generally de-10

picted on the map entitled ‘‘Utah BLM Wilderness 11

Proposed by H.R. 1630, 113th Congress’’; and 12

(2) be known by the name given to it by title 13

I. 14

(b) MAP AND DESCRIPTION.— 15

(1) IN GENERAL.—As soon as practicable after 16

the date of the enactment of this Act, the Secretary 17

shall file a map and a legal description of each wil-18

derness area designated by this Act with— 19

(A) the Committee on Natural Resources 20

of the House of Representatives; and 21

(B) the Committee on Energy and Natural 22

Resources of the Senate. 23

(2) FORCE OF LAW.—A map and legal descrip-24

tion filed under paragraph (1) shall have the same 25

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force and effect as if included in this Act, except 1

that the Secretary may correct clerical and typo-2

graphical errors in the map and legal description. 3

(3) PUBLIC AVAILABILITY.—Each map and 4

legal description filed under paragraph (1) shall be 5

filed and made available for public inspection in the 6

Office of the Director of the Bureau of Land Man-7

agement. 8

SEC. 202. ADMINISTRATION. 9

Subject to valid rights in existence on the date of the 10

enactment of this Act, each wilderness area designated 11

under this Act shall be administered by the Secretary in 12

accordance with— 13

(1) the Federal Land Policy and Management 14

Act of 1976 (43 U.S.C. 1701 et seq.); and 15

(2) the Wilderness Act (16 U.S.C. 1131, et 16

seq.). 17

SEC. 203. STATE SCHOOL TRUST LAND WITHIN WILDER-18

NESS AREAS. 19

(a) IN GENERAL.—Subject to subsection (b), if State 20

owned land is included in an area designated by this Act 21

as a wilderness area, the Secretary shall offer to exchange 22

land owned by the United States in the State of approxi-23

mately equal value in accordance with section 603(c) of 24

the Federal Land Policy and Management Act of 1976 25

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(43 U.S.C. 1782(c)) and section 5(a) of the Wilderness 1

Act (16 U.S.C. 1134(a)). 2

(b) MINERAL INTERESTS.—The Secretary shall not 3

transfer any mineral interests under subsection (a) unless 4

the State transfers to the Secretary any mineral interests 5

in land designated by this Act as a wilderness area. 6

SEC. 204. WATER. 7

(a) RESERVATION.— 8

(1) WATER FOR WILDERNESS AREAS.— 9

(A) IN GENERAL.—With respect to each 10

wilderness area designated by this Act, Con-11

gress reserves a quantity of water determined 12

by the Secretary to be sufficient for the wilder-13

ness area. 14

(B) PRIORITY DATE.—The priority date of 15

a right reserved under subparagraph (A) shall 16

be the date of the enactment of this Act. 17

(2) PROTECTION OF RIGHTS.—The Secretary 18

and other officers and employees of the United 19

States shall take any steps necessary to protect the 20

rights reserved by paragraph (1)(A), including the 21

filing of a claim for the quantification of the rights 22

in any present or future appropriate stream adju-23

dication in the courts of the State— 24

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(A) in which the United States is or may 1

be joined; and 2

(B) that is conducted in accordance with 3

section 208 of the Department of Justice Ap-4

propriation Act, 1953 (66 Stat. 560, chapter 5

651). 6

(b) PRIOR RIGHTS NOT AFFECTED.—Nothing in this 7

Act relinquishes or reduces any water rights reserved or 8

appropriated by the United States in the State on or be-9

fore the date of the enactment of this Act. 10

(c) ADMINISTRATION.— 11

(1) SPECIFICATION OF RIGHTS.—The Federal 12

water rights reserved by this Act are specific to the 13

wilderness areas designated by this Act. 14

(2) NO PRECEDENT ESTABLISHED.—Nothing in 15

this Act related to reserved Federal water rights 16

shall— 17

(A) establish a precedent with regard to 18

any future designation of water rights; or 19

(B) affect the interpretation of any other 20

Act or any designation made under any other 21

Act. 22

SEC. 205. ROADS. 23

(a) SETBACKS.— 24

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(1) MEASUREMENT IN GENERAL.—A setback 1

under this section shall be measured from the center 2

line of the road. 3

(2) WILDERNESS ON ONE SIDE OF ROADS.— 4

Except as provided in subsection (b), a setback for 5

a road with wilderness on only one side shall be set 6

at— 7

(A) 300 feet from a paved Federal or 8

State highway; 9

(B) 100 feet from any other paved road or 10

high standard dirt or gravel road; and 11

(C) 30 feet from any other road. 12

(3) WILDERNESS ON BOTH SIDES OF ROADS.— 13

Except as provided in subsection (b), a setback for 14

a road with wilderness on both sides (including cher-15

ry-stems or roads separating 2 wilderness units) 16

shall be set at— 17

(A) 200 feet from a paved Federal or 18

State highway; 19

(B) 40 feet from any other paved road or 20

high standard dirt or gravel road; and 21

(C) 10 feet from any other roads. 22

(b) SETBACK EXCEPTIONS.— 23

(1) WELL-DEFINED TOPOGRAPHICAL BAR-24

RIERS.—If, between the road and the boundary of a 25

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setback area described in paragraph (2) or (3) of 1

subsection (a), there is a well-defined cliff edge, 2

stream bank, or other topographical barrier, the Sec-3

retary shall use the barrier as the wilderness bound-4

ary. 5

(2) FENCES.—If, between the road and the 6

boundary of a setback area specified in paragraph 7

(2) or (3) of subsection (a), there is a fence running 8

parallel to a road, the Secretary shall use the fence 9

as the wilderness boundary if, in the opinion of the 10

Secretary, doing so would result in a more manage-11

able boundary. 12

(3) DEVIATIONS FROM SETBACK AREAS.— 13

(A) EXCLUSION OF DISTURBANCES FROM 14

WILDERNESS BOUNDARIES.—In cases where 15

there is an existing livestock development, dis-16

persed camping area, borrow pit, or similar dis-17

turbance within 100 feet of a road that forms 18

part of a wilderness boundary, the Secretary 19

may delineate the boundary so as to exclude the 20

disturbance from the wilderness area. 21

(B) LIMITATION ON EXCLUSION OF DIS-22

TURBANCES.—The Secretary shall make a 23

boundary adjustment under subparagraph (A) 24

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only if the Secretary determines that doing so 1

is consistent with wilderness management goals. 2

(C) DEVIATIONS RESTRICTED TO MINIMUM 3

NECESSARY.—Any deviation under this para-4

graph from the setbacks required under in 5

paragraph (2) or (3) of subsection (a) shall be 6

the minimum necessary to exclude the disturb-7

ance. 8

(c) DELINEATION WITHIN SETBACK AREA.—The 9

Secretary may delineate a wilderness boundary at a loca-10

tion within a setback under paragraph (2) or (3) of sub-11

section (a) if, as determined by the Secretary, the delinea-12

tion would enhance wilderness management goals. 13

SEC. 206. LIVESTOCK. 14

Within the wilderness areas designated under title I, 15

the grazing of livestock authorized on the date of the en-16

actment of this Act shall be permitted to continue subject 17

to such reasonable regulations and procedures as the Sec-18

retary considers necessary, as long as the regulations and 19

procedures are consistent with— 20

(1) the Wilderness Act (16 U.S.C. 1131, et 21

seq.); and 22

(2) section 101(f) of the Arizona Desert Wilder-23

ness Act of 1990 (Public Law 101–628; 104 Stat. 24

4469). 25

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SEC. 207. FISH AND WILDLIFE. 1

Nothing in this Act affects the jurisdiction of the 2

State with respect to wildlife and fish on the public land 3

located in the State. 4

SEC. 208. MANAGEMENT OF NEWLY ACQUIRED LAND. 5

Any land within the boundaries of a wilderness area 6

designated under this Act that is acquired by the Federal 7

Government shall— 8

(1) become part of the wilderness area in which 9

the land is located; and 10

(2) be managed in accordance with this Act and 11

other laws applicable to wilderness areas. 12

SEC. 209. WITHDRAWAL. 13

Subject to valid rights existing on the date of the en-14

actment of this Act, the Federal land referred to in title 15

I is withdrawn from all forms of— 16

(1) entry, appropriation, or disposal under pub-17

lic law; 18

(2) location, entry, and patent under mining 19

law; and 20

(3) disposition under all laws pertaining to min-21

eral and geothermal leasing or mineral materials. 22

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Date Branch Action
02/11/2020 President Referred to the Subcommittee on National Parks, Forests, and Public Lands.Action By: Committee on Natural Resources
02/06/2020 President Referred to the House Committee on Natural Resources.Action By: House of Representatives
02/06/2020 President Introduced in HouseAction By: House of Representatives
Summary
There is one summary for H.R.5775. View summaries Shown Here:Introduced in House (02/06/2020) America's Red Rock Wilderness Act This bill designates specified lands in the following areas of Utah as components of the National Wilderness Preservation System: (1) Great Basin, (2) Grand Staircase-Escalante, (3) Moab-La Sal Canyons, (4) Henry Mountains, (5) Glen Canyon, (6) San Juan-Anasazi, (7) Canyonlands Basin, (8) San Rafael Swell, and (9) Book Cliffs and Uinta Basin. The bill sets forth administrative requirements for (1) the exchange of state-owned lands within such areas, (2) federal reservation of water rights, (3) measurement of setbacks for roads with adjacent wilderness, (4) authorized livestock grazing, and (5) withdrawal of such lands from disposition under certain public land laws.
Shown Here:Introduced in House (02/06/2020) America's Red Rock Wilderness Act This bill designates specified lands in the following areas of Utah as components of the National Wilderness Preservation System: (1) Great Basin, (2) Grand Staircase-Escalante, (3) Moab-La Sal Canyons, (4) Henry Mountains, (5) Glen Canyon, (6) San Juan-Anasazi, (7) Canyonlands Basin, (8) San Rafael Swell, and (9) Book Cliffs and Uinta Basin. The bill sets forth administrative requirements for (1) the exchange of state-owned lands within such areas, (2) federal reservation of water rights, (3) measurement of setbacks for roads with adjacent wilderness, (4) authorized livestock grazing, and (5) withdrawal of such lands from disposition under certain public land laws.
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This Bill has been listed with the following Subjects from Texts:
Arizona
); and (2)section 101(f) of the Arizona Desert Wilderness Act of 1990 (Public Law 101–628; 104 Stat

California
Brownley of California, Ms

Colorado
Case) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Natural Resources A BILL To designate as wilderness certain Federal portions of the red rock canyons of the Colorado Plateau and the Great Basin Deserts in the State of Utah for the benefit of present and future generations of people in the United States

Death
(B)Death Hollow (approximately 50,000 acres)


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