What We Do

Colorado Canyons Association fosters community stewardship of our National Conservation Lands with a focus on Dominguez-Escalante, Gunnison Gorge and McInnis Canyons National Conservation Areas in western Colorado.  We are a non-partisan, non-profit organization encouraging cooperation among all NCA users and interests.

Click the below links to learn more about the three National Conservation Areas we work to steward!




Camping permit system on Ruby-Horsethief
Permits are now required to camp in one of 35 designated campsite along the Ruby-Horsethief stretch of the Colorado river from May 1- Sept 30.

Highlights of the new system include:

  • Reservations needed all week long during high use season (available by phone or in person from the BLM starting 60 days prior to the date of departure)
  • New fees have been introduced, based on group size
                    Group Size         Cost per Night
                          0-5                         $20
                         6-14                        $50
                        15-25                       $100
  •  Self Registration at Loma Boat Launch needed October-April
Specific details about the permit system are available here or by emailing rubyhorsethief@blm.gov, or calling (970) 244-3050. More information regarding the Recreation Management Plan and Environmental Assessment can be found here.

National Conservation Lands Basics

The Bureau of Land Management's National Landscape Conservation System (referred to as the National Conservation Lands) offers some of the most remarkable landscapes found on public lands in the American West. Many of these places have already received special recognition and protection through Congressional or Presidential conservation designations. The National Conservation Lands add to these designations by focusing on the opportunities and management needs of these national treasures. Managing these areas is part of the multiple-use mission of the Bureau of Land Management—an agency of the U.S. Department of the Interior—to sustain the health of the public lands for present and future generations. McInnis Canyons, Dominguez-Escalante and Gunnison Gorge National Conservation Areas are spectacular areas right here in our backyard that are protected and managed through the BLM's National Conservation Lands program.