Feel small amidst the towering, red-rocked cliffs of Zion, be amazed at the lip of the gaping Grand Canyon, or contemplate the ingenuity of the ancestral Pueblo people at Chaco Canyon. These experiences are at your fingertips in America’s Southwest, a region of exquisite beauty as well as stark contrast. You can travel from the peaks of the Rocky Mountains to the vast expanse of the Sonoran desert in this region that also memorializes and protects the stories, sacred sites, and unique heritage of Indigenous cultures. Preserving the diverse, culturally-rich, and spectacular parks of Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico, and Utah is the priority of NPCA’s Southwest Regional Office and associated field offices.

The Southwest team works avidly with a varied and complex set of stakeholders to champion the region’s national parks. The area’s booming population poses threats to parks through increased tourism and recreation, heightened development pressure, and expanded energy infrastructure. Addressing oil and gas activities, which impact the air quality, viewsheds and night skies of magnificent parks like Arches and Mesa Verde, is one of the priorities of the Southwest office. Another focus for the team is the protection of sites like Canyonlands from the massive, coal-fired power plants that churn out both power and pollution. The staff of the Southwest raise awareness of the impacts that climate change and extreme drought are having on the Colorado River system and the parks and people that depend on this critical waterway. They also work to rally opposition to two ill-conceived developments near the rim of the Grand Canyon, one of the world’s most iconic parks.


Southwest Regional Office Park News

NPCA’s Southwest Regional Office sends a quarterly email that focuses on the parks and people of this special part of the country. We also highlight some of the very complex…

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In addition to their current work, the Southwest team collaborates with parks and communities on innovative remedies to their traffic congestion issues and fights recent attempts to limit public involvement in park-adjacent oil and gas development. As NPCA celebrates its centennial in 2019, they seek to reinforce community relationships and endeavor to engage a broader base of park supporters.

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Updates on Southwest

Field Offices in the Southwest Region

  • New Mexico Field Office

    • Address:
      PO Box 2896, Santa Fe, NM 87504
  • Utah Field Office

    • Address:
      307 West 200 South, Suite 4004, Salt Lake City, UT 84101
    • Phone:
  • Colorado Field Office

    • Address:
      P.O. Box 101705 Denver, CO 80250
    • Phone:
  • Regional Director’s Office

    • Address:
      PO Box 537, Arroyo Hondo, NM 87513
    • Phone:
  • Arizona Field Office

    • Address:
      PO Box 36422 Tucson, Arizona 85740
    • Phone:

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