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Bears Ears National Monument

Type
National Parks - Monuments

On December 4, 2017, U.S. President Donald Trump signed an executive order to redraw Bears Ears National Monument. The proposal introduced two new units in this area named Indian Creek and Shash Jaa. These two divided units are within Utah’s Canyon Country and feature a broad expanse of red rock, juniper forests and high plateaus. 

Two towering buttes stand out against the landscape amongst the 228,784 acres that make up Bears Ears National Monument. Visitors come to learn about the cultural, historic and prehistoric legacies by viewing ancient cliff dwellings, granaries and kivas as well as artifacts such as ancient tools and pottery. Petroglyphs and pictographs are also found in abundance within the monument.

 

Shash Jaa Unit of Bears Ears National Monument

The Shash Jaa Unit of Bears Ears National Monument covers 142,337 acres of red rock that encompasses fascinating geological features. This area is collectively a part of the Trail of the Ancients Scenic Byway and multiple hiking trails in this area showcase remnants of incredible cliff dwellings built of stone and adobe mortar in the sides of the mesas, mountains and alcoves. Butler Wash Ruins, Mule Canyon and Arch canyon are stopping points for hiking and exploration opportunities.

 

Indian Creek Unit of Bears Ears National Monument

Located within the Indian Creek Unit, Newspaper Rock is one of the biggest petroglyph collections in the country. Drive the Indian Creek Corridor Scenic Byway on Highway 211 to admire this 200-square foot rock of historic depictions. Try to decipher the meaning of these engravings left by Puebloans and other cultural people more than 2,000 years ago. 

 

Much of the land in the area is remote, wild and rugged with limited access to visitor center resources. Therefore, it is recommended that travelers prepare for their trips ahead of time. The following list of resources is available for fielding questions about the area. The Bears Ears Education Center was opened by Friends of Cedar Mesa, a nonprofit entity that is an information source on Bears Ears and how to visit fragile archaeological sites respectfully and without leaving a trace.

If you’re traveling to Bears Ears soon, use our Bears Ears itinerary to make planning easier!

 

Nearby Visitor Centers

Edge of the Cedars State Park*

Location: 660 W 400 N, Blanding

Hours: 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., Monday-Saturday

Phone: 435-678-2238

*There is a BLM staff member on-site to provide information about Bears Ears National Monument.

 

Bears Ears Education Center

Location: 567 Main St., Bluff

Hours: 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., Thursday-Monday

Phone: 435-414-0343

 

Kane Gulch BLM Ranger Station

Location: UT-261 36 miles west of Blanding

Open: March 1-June 15, September 1-October 31

Hours: 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m., 7 days a week

 

Monticello Visitor Center

Location: 216 S Main St.

Hours: 90:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., Closes early at 3:00 p.m. on Sunday

Phone: 435-587-3401

 

Blanding Visitor Center

Location: 12 North Grayson Parkway

Hours: 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., closed Sunday

Phone: 435-678-3662

 

Type
National Parks - Monuments