Sustained education about visiting cultural and paleontological resources on the Colorado Plateau
With hundreds of thousands of archaeological, historical and paleontological sites, the public lands of the Colorado Plateau are a world-class destination for outdoor enthusiasts. Unfortunately, these irreplaceable sites are being damaged daily by careless visitation. On a frequent basis, we are losing artifacts, long-standing walls, historic structures and other priceless connections to the past via the wandering hands and careless actions of some visitors. Once lost, they are gone forever.
Friends of Cedar Mesa, in partnership with the Colorado Plateau Coalition, is offering a positive response to the daily damage caused by uneducated visitors. The truth is many people don’t know how simple it is to visit cultural and scientific sites like cliff dwellings, rock art panels, dinosaur fossils and historic structures respectfully. By following some simple tips, walking softly, and leaving things where we find them, we show respect for those who came before us and those who will visit after us.
We’ve recently launched a Visit with Respect Ambassador Program for volunteers interested in teaching others fun & friendly archaeological site etiquette on Cedar Mesa and Comb Ridge. Learn more about the program and how you can be involved here.
Learn more about how to visit with respect on our tips page.
Watch our Visit with Respect video series.