Wild Lands of the West | The BLM, National Geographic Magazine: Western Cattle Drive

Looking down on a horseback rider and cows in a western canyon with red rock.

Dust rises from a valley as cattle are driven through sagebrush on a path to higher and wetter ground for more forage in Beef Basin in southwestern Utah.

Heidi Redd runs most of her cattle from the Dugout Ranch on public land. Many Western ranchers depend heavily on Bureau of Land Management allotments since a devastating winter in the mid-1800s when cattle grazing on open range died from a lack of food.