1. Identified as an IBA (Important Bird Area) by the Colorado Audubon Society
2. Designated by UNESCO as a World Hertitage Site for it's nature and history.
3. Under the Clean Air Act, it was designated as a Class I Air Shed, which means the air quality is supposed to be as good as it gets, and is protected by law.
4. Part of the Nature Conservancy's southern Rockies Network of Conservation Areas.
5. A component of the Park Mesa Research Natural Area.
6. Recognized as a Colorado Outstanding Waters due to the Mancos River forming the eastern edge of the park's borders.
7. Considered by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to be in the top 25 National Parks most vulnerable to climate change, with a climate monitoring station established at Far View.
8. A member of the SCPN (Southern Colorado Plateau Inventory and Monitoring Network), which conducts surveys of Long Term Monitoring Plots inside the park.
9. the Colorado Plateau is considered by the International Dark-Sky Association to be one of the best night skies in the country.
10. In the top 28 Places to See Before You Die, a bucket list published by Smithsonian Magazine.
Meanwhile, my crew-leader's boss's boss has established a reward to the person who reports the most interesting (from the general public's perspective) wildlife sightings during the summer season. The list is weighted towards the classic charismatic megafauna, with Big Foot topping the list at 100 points! Wish me luck!