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Land Ownership in the Paria Basin

Land ownership, including the percentage of ownership by category, for the Paria Basin is shown in Figure 6.4-2.  The principal feature of land ownership in this basin is the large portion of land, 86% of the total basin area, in the Vermilion Cliffs National Monument.  A description of land ownership data sources and methods is found in Volume 1, Appendix A.  More detailed information on protected areas is found in Section 6.0.4.  Land ownership categories are discussed below in the order from largest to smallest percentage in the basin.

U.S. Bureau of Land Management (BLM)

  • 83.7% of the land is federally owned and managed by the Arizona Strip Field Office of the Bureau of Land Management.

  • Most of the BLM land in the basin is within the Vermilion Cliffs National Monument and includes a portion of the 79,000 acre Vermilion Cliffs Wilderness.  (see Figure 6.0-14)

  • Land uses include resource conservation, recreation and grazing.

National Park Service (NPS)

  • 10.9% of the land is federally owned and managed by the National Park Service as the Glen Canyon National Recreation Area.
  • Primary land use is recreation.

State Trust Land

  • 5.2% of the land is held in trust for the public schools under the State Trust Land system.
  • State land is located throughout the basin interspersed with BLM land.
  • Primary land use is grazing.

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Land Ownership


  • 0.2% of the land is private, consisting of two small parcels.
  • Private land is located in the vicinity of Wahweap and surrounded by state trust land in the central portion of the basin.
  • Land uses include domestic, commercial and ranching.



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