Wild Lands of the West | The BLM, National Geographic Magazine: Tough Cowgirl

Woman rancher with white vest, black hat, red bandana and blue work shirt in corral.

Heidi Redd runs the ranching operation on the Dugout Ranch in southwestern Utah. She is tough, no-nonsense, respected, and an original cowgirl.

Surrounded by park and public land, the Dugout Ranch is 5,200 acres of prime ranch land owned by the Nature Conservancy. Ancestral Puebloan rock art and dwellings are found throughout ranch lands. Ecological research, biological management, and natural and cultural history interpretation make this land special. It is being maintained as an economically viable and ecologically sustainable cattle ranching operation.