This Land is Our Land

03/30/2016

Almost 60% of the peaks, crags, and boulders in this country are on America’s public, federally managed lands. These public lands are our birthright and are a cornerstone of the uniquely American climbing experience.

Bouldering at the desert rock climbing of Red Rock near Las Vegas, Nevada
Access Fund is deeply engaged in the legislative and administrative processes that determine our ability to access and climb on public lands. And right now a battle is underway in Congress over whether the federal government should continue to manage these lands for the public or hand them over to state governments, which could sell them to private entities. The federal government safeguards, manages, and protects our iconic landscapes for future generations. And while federal land agencies (U.S. Forest Service, National Park Service, and Bureau of Land Management) are far from perfect when it comes to managing recreation and conserving natural resources, they steward our lands through public process. Twenty-five years of experience has shown us that climbers experience much greater uncertainty when attempting to maintain climbing access on land that is not federally managed.

Take a look at some of our most iconic climbing areas on federally managed public lands. While the debate in Congress is currently focused on public lands in the western United States, any federal land transfer legislation could set a dangerous precedent across the nation. Visit www.protectourpubliclands.org for information on states that are considering federal land transfer legislation.

We also encourage climbers to get to know our public land agencies.

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*This list does not represent all special regulations for climbing in these areas. Always check online for a full list of climbing-related regulations or consult the local land manager.

Photo: Red Rocks, NV | © Merrick Ales

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