ATV Riders, Bundy Son Protest Feds in Utah

Cliven Bundy son is among out-of-state supporters at illegal rally

By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff

Posted May 11, 2014 6:32 AM CDT

(Newser) – The showdown between citizens and feds over federally administered lands spread yesterday to Utah, where about 50 people took to their ATVs in a protest that sought to reclaim access to a canyon that had been closed to vehicles since 2007. "It’s a county road," says the county supervisor, who organized the ride as a private citizen. "We claim it. Just because (Bureau of Land Management) owns the property, that doesn’t mean they own the right-of-way that exists." It wasn't just locals who showed up for the rally and ride, notes the Salt Lake Tribune: Out-of-town supporters included Ryan Bundy, son of Cliven Bundy. "I came here to re-open a road," he told the crowd.

Nobody was arrested, though BLM officials said feds recorded the ride and intend to prosecute. The road was originally closed to protect archaeological sites in Recapture Canyon; protesters say that decision amounts to caving to special interests, while a spokesman for the Colorado Plateau Archaeological Alliance laments "that irreplaceable treasures of importance to all Americans would be sacrificed on the altar of anti-government fervor."

An ATV rider drives through Recapture Canyon, north of Blanding, Utah, on Saturday, May 10, 2014, in a protest against the federal government's control of public lands.
An ATV rider drives through Recapture Canyon, north of Blanding, Utah, on Saturday, May 10, 2014, in a protest against the federal government's control of public lands.   (AP Photo/The Salt Lake Tribune, Trent Nelson)
Ryan Bundy, son of the Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy, rides an ATV into Recapture Canyon north of Blanding, Utah on Saturday, May 10, 2014, in a protest.
Ryan Bundy, son of the Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy, rides an ATV into Recapture Canyon north of Blanding, Utah on Saturday, May 10, 2014, in a protest.   (AP Photo/The Salt Lake Tribune, Trent Nelson)
An ATV rider holds his finger near the trigger of his assault rifle as he and others make their way into Recapture Canyon, north of Blanding, Utah, on Saturday, May 10, 2014, in a protest.
An ATV rider holds his finger near the trigger of his assault rifle as he and others make their way into Recapture Canyon, north of Blanding, Utah, on Saturday, May 10, 2014, in a protest.   (AP Photo/The Salt Lake Tribune, Trent Nelson)
As a Kane County sheriff's deputy watches from a horse, ATV riders make their way into Recapture Canyon, north of Blanding, Utah, on Saturday, May 10, 2014, in a protest.
As a Kane County sheriff's deputy watches from a horse, ATV riders make their way into Recapture Canyon, north of Blanding, Utah, on Saturday, May 10, 2014, in a protest.   (AP Photo/The Salt Lake Tribune, Trent Nelson)
ATV riders cross into a restricted area of Recapture Canyon, north of Blanding, Utah, on Saturday, May 10, 2014, in a protest.
ATV riders cross into a restricted area of Recapture Canyon, north of Blanding, Utah, on Saturday, May 10, 2014, in a protest.   (AP Photo/The Salt Lake Tribune, Trent Nelson)
A protester, wearing an anti-Bureau of Land Management sign on his hat, listens to San Juan County Commissioner Phil Lyman in Blanding, Utah on Saturday, May 10, 2014.
A protester, wearing an anti-Bureau of Land Management sign on his hat, listens to San Juan County Commissioner Phil Lyman in Blanding, Utah on Saturday, May 10, 2014.   (AP Photo/The Salt Lake Tribune, Trent Nelson)
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