Things to Do
The Indian Creek Falls camping area and Canyonlands' The Needles District are considered more rugged and remote than the more popular Island in the Sky District in Canyonlands. To the north (near Moab), there are a couple of very family-friendly hikes and a campground (advance reservations highly recommended, though there are some first-come, first-served sites). While there are also BLM campsites on Indian Creek National Monument, these campsites are popular with climbers, are primitive and amenities are few or very basic. Out of respect for private land and public land with grazing rights, climbers follow Leave No Trace ethics and keep pets on-leash around livestock and ranch personnel.
While the hiking trails in the area mostly lead to top climbing sites, they may be worth exploring for unique vantage points over the area. But Indian Creek often welcomes a different breed of videographer, one who scales cracks up sheer rock walls to capture intrepid climbers in one of America's rock climbing meccas.
Drive Indian Creek Corridor Scenic Byway (S.R. 211)., which connects to The Needles District of Utah's largest national park, Canyonlands. Plan time to stop at the Needles Outpost and Newspaper Rock. Utilize the picnic area just across the highway from the petroglyphs on Newspaper Rock for a bit of relaxation.
Canyonlands National Park
Canyonlands is home to many different types of travel experiences, from sublime solitude in the more remote stretches of the park to moderate hikes through the Needles district to the opportunity to create your own version of one of the West's most photographed landforms, Mesa Arch.
Edge of the Cedars State Park Museum
Edge of the Cedars State Park Museum in Blanding, Utah, is the site of a prehistoric Native American village. Explore history here!
Newspaper Rock & Indian Creek Corridor
You’ll find the largest collection of Utah petroglyphs at Newspaper Rock along Indian Creek Scenic Byway west of US 191. Learn more!
Shash Jaa is another name for "Bears Ears" and refers to the area surrounding the Bears Ears buttes, full of cliff dwellings and other remnants of ancient people.