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Bison near PR Springs

Group of bike riders in area leased for strip mining
Bike ride protest at Red Leaf Resources oil shale strip mine near Indian Canyon.

Bicycles not Tar Sands  2020  Is cancelled due to covid -19

Sorry for any inconvenience this may cause you.

For a total ride of approx 40 miles over 2 days we will travel on Seep Ridge Road a nearly empty highway through highly scenic desert threatened by strip mining.

The Bicycles Not Tar Sands bike ride is within the boundaries of the Ute Tribe’s Uncompahgre Reservation. UTSR does not protest against the Ute Indian Tribe. UTSR supports that all lands within the Uncompahgre reservation be restored to the ownership and control of the Ute people as their sovereign land.

Bicycles not tar sands!

Utah leaders and SITLA have designated the Tavaputs Plateau in an area known as the Uinta Basin as an “Energy Sacrifice Zone” and they continue to funnel money and credibility to tar sands and oil shale strip mine scams that can never go commercial.

Seep Ridge Road completed in 2014 for tar sands and oil shale interests that have yet to get active provides an excellent opportunity for a scenic bike ride through a magnificent mosaic of high desert forest and strip mine lease holds.

What: Community bike ride on Seep Ridge Road

When: Labor day weekend, 3 days, 2 nights September 5-7 2020

Where: The ride begins at the Horn

Join Utah Tar Sands Resistance for a resilience bike ride in the beautiful Book Cliffs of Utah. The Bicycles Not Tar Sands bike ride is on the Tavaputs Plateau within the Ute nation’s Uncompahgre reservation boundaries.

We start the bike ride at the “Horn” an 8000 feet elevation. This is about the highest point on the Tavaputs plateau. From here we will head down hill to the site of Red Leaf Resources failed oil shale project and camp out near by. These 2 failing mine sites show a small sample of the history of speculation and bust and boom scams that are the legacy of strip-mining in this area.

Day one is approximately 18 miles, mostly downhill.

On day 2 we continue down the “road to nowhere” and stop at the Green River overlook (12 miles) for lunch and hiking. We will continue after lunch down to Willow Creek Overlook (10 miles) for our second night.

UTSR will provide transportation for your gear and food from stop to stop. We will coordinate to bring water and support vehicles as well as a trailer to return folks to the horn on Monday morning. People can arrive on Friday night and visit the vigil or camp at the horn. People can also arrive on Saturday morning up until we depart at 1pm.

For more information contact: UtahTarSandsResistance@gmail.com

Tar sands and oil shale must be left in the ground. The cost is too high. The water is not available and the infrastructure resources are best used for more practical projects.  How much bicycle or pedestrian roads could be added for $86.5 million?  Bicycles not Tar Sands!


Past Events:

7th annual Inter- generational  camp out at PR Springs Utah. 

This years Inter-generational  camp out was amazing! 18 people braved the wild weather that began with a freak snowstorm on Friday the 21st, and a flash hailstorm on Saturday too. We adjusted our activities and our clothing and had an amazing time.

June 21-23 2019

Group at vigil camp on area leased for strip mining
Tar Sands Resistance vigil camp

The inter-generational camp out brings together all ages for fun and learning geared  to include Children. There will be guided hikes, and other activities also community meals, tours and information about the area. We will provide a group dinner on Friday and Saturday night as well as breakfasts on Saturday and Sunday morning. Please bring your own lunches and snacks. There is plenty of fresh spring water from PR Spring.

For more information or to register or volunteer for this event contact UtahTarSandsResistance@gmail.com

group camp out at PR Springs.