Bears Ears National Monument
Explore Bears Ears
Greater Cedar Mesa
The Cedar Mesa area encompasses up to 1.9 million acres and is home to more than 100,000 archaeological sites. For adventurers with a love of solitude, archaeology and geographic beauty, this area has it all.
Indian Creek, in the north of Bears Ears National Monument, is known as a rock climbing mecca. Whether you get up on the wall or decide to drive, it's easy to appreciate the scenery from a lower vantage point as you cruise the 41-mile state scenic byway.
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.
Know Before You Go
Getting to Bears Ears
Drive time from:
Salt Lake City International Airport — Five hours
Moab — 75 minutes (Bluff, Blanding and Monticello are the closest cities)
Monument Valley — 30 minutes
Grand Junction Regional Airport, Colorado — Three hours
Four Corners Monument — One hour
There is no official visitor center in the area, but these resources will help you prepare. We recommend every trip to the area start with a visit to the Edge of the Cedars State Park Museum in Blanding or the Bears Ears Education Center in Bluff for helpful context and resources.
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.
On Oct. 8, 2021, President Biden issued a presidential proclamation modifying the boundaries for Bears Ears National Monument, which is made up of 1.36 million acres of public lands administered jointly with the BLM and U.S. Forest Service.
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.
- Edge of the Cedars State Park
- Ancestral Puebloan Dwellings
- Hovenweep National Monument
- Natural Bridges National Monument
Blanding mixes cowboy culture with Native American and prehistoric.
Rich in human and natural history, Bluff is a central point along the Trail of the Ancients National Scenic Byway. It is a gateway to Monument Valley, Bears Ears National Monument, Valley of the Gods and Hovenweep National Monument.
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