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Bears Ears National Monument

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A pair of towering buttes stand against beautiful scenery. The twin buttes are so distinctive that in each of the native languages of the region their name is the same: Hoon'Naqvut, Shash Jáa, Kwiyagatu Nukavachi, Ansh An Lashokdiwe, or in English: Bears Ears. 

Bears Ears National Monument includes red rock, juniper forests, high plateau and an abundance of early human and Native American historical artifacts. The Navajo Nation, Ute Mountain Ute Tribe, Hopi Nation and other tribes are extremely tied to this land. The area is open to visitors, but please review our travel advisory page

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Getting to Bears Ears

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Visitor Information

There is no official visitor center in the area, but these resources will help you prepare. Please read our travel advisory, and travel with care. Bears Ears National Monument Day Hiking passes are required year-round for day hiking in the Bears Ears National Monument, visit recreation.gov to obtain a pass. If you go, consider traveling with a guide. There are many native-owned guide companies and outfitters in the region. 

Monument Designation 

On December 4, 2017, U.S. President Donald Trump signed an executive order to redraw Bears Ears National Monument. The proposal introduces two new units in this area named, north to south, Indian Creek and Shash Jaa. The remaining acres of land that were covered by the original 2016 Bears Ears designation retain their existing level of federal protection.

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Bears Ears Area Starter Kit

A pair of distinctive, towering buttes stand against beautiful scenery. We call them "Bears Ears." With the help of local expertise, respectfully explore ancestral cliff dwellings and massive natural bridges in a fascinating desert ecosystem.

History and Heritage, Scenic Drives/Road Trips, Solitude, Community, Native American, Hiking

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