On December 4, 2017, President Trump declared a drastic reduction of Utah’s Bears Ears and Grand Staircase Escalante National Monuments. This is the largest elimination of protected land in American history…and the President had made his decision without ever stepping foot there.
On January 13, 2018, we gathered a group of friends and ran 250 miles across both monuments in a single weekend to see for ourselves what would be left protected.
Now more than ever we believe in celebrating the things that unite us. Our run was about finding commonalities in the midst of a divisive political landscape and standing in coalescence— tribal members, athletes, dirtbags — for our public lands. We hope our footsteps carry a message: wild places are worth protecting, and sometimes the first step in doing that is to take another.
To learn more about the run, visit messengersrun.com
DP/Editor: Greg Balkin
Music: Cleod9 Music (cleod9music.com/)
Special Thanks to:
Bureau of Land Management
The Navajo, Paiute, Goshute, Shoshone, and Ute Tribes