tretching from Four Corners in the southeast of the state to just shy of Moab in the north, San Juan County, Utah, is as far from anywhere as you’re likely to find. It’s almost 8,000 square miles of lonely desert, a place larger than Connecticut with a population of fewer than 17,000. In the waning days of the Obama administration, it became a national focal point when the federal government designated 1.4 million of the county’s acres as Bears Ears National Monument, all of which were already under federal management. Less than a year later, President Donald Trump signed an executive order reducing that expanse by 85 percent. The area has become the physical manifestation of America’s bifurcated political landscape. We have no interest left versus right, but the decisions around the monument designation have large and serious implications for motorcyclists. We went to find out what’s at stake for riders like us, those who love and need the wide outdoors.Utah is a riding wonderland, strung through with endless, winding pavement over bone and blood hills, spiderwebbed with a vast tangle of trails that hunt out forgotten washes, their walls painted with 3,000-year-old pictographs. So much of it is public land. Federal agencies like the Bureau of Land Management, the National Forest Service, and others manage more than 70 percent of the state, making it second only to Nevada in the total number of public acres.