Carbondale resident Brandon Jones combined an epic outdoor adventure earlier this year with activism aimed at building awareness over the Trump administration’s plan to shrink three national monuments. Jones bikepacked through parts of Gold Butte National Monument in Nevada as well as Grand Staircase-Escalante and Bears Ears national monuments in Utah from mid-April through the first week of May.

“I guess I had been dreaming about and romanticizing a bike tour,” he said.

He tends to be more a backpacker and spends considerable time in wilderness, where mechanized uses aren’t allowed. But he figured using a bike was the most practical way to tour the vast national monuments.

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