After several months of on-going protest, Utah’s State Institutional Trust Lands Administration (SITLA) closed the deal on nearly 400 acres in San Juan County’s scenic and historically significant Comb Ridge. The parcel sold for $500,000, outbidding conservation groups and the Hole in the Rock Foundation, who sought the parcel to guide tours along the original Hole in the Rock pioneer trail. The winning bid came from Lyman Family Farms who claim that the parcel is “perfect for grazing sheep”. Considering that the Comb Ridge is largely composed of slickrock, sand, clay, and overwhelmingly sparse vegetation, that use seems unlikely. It is unclear how or if the parcel will be developed and/or used. At this time, it appears that public access will be cut off.
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