Wild Lands of the West | The BLM, National Geographic Magazine: Ranch Life

Ranch Life

All hands turn to branding a new addition to the Dugout Ranch in southeastern Utah. Heidi Redd, center, jumps in to castrate and brand the new calves.

Surrounded by park and public land, the Dugout Ranch is a 5,200-acre prime piece of ranch land owned by the Nature Conservancy.

Ancestral Puebloan rock art and dwellings are found throughout the ranch. It is being maintained as an economically viable and ecologically sustainable cattle ranching operation because of the valuable natural and cultural history within its boundaries.