Bears Ears National Monument - Indian Creek Srma

Bureau of Land Management, Utah.

The Indian Creek Special Recreation Management Area (SRMA) of Bears Ears National Monument has gained international recognition for its extraordinary natural beauty and numerous recreational opportunities. The Indian Creek canyon opens to a broad valley rimmed by Wingate Sandstone cliffs known for world-class rock climbing. Prominent geologic features include Lavender Mesa, Bridger Jack Mesa, and North and South Six Shooter Peaks. The Chinle Formation contains abundant paleontological resources, including both vertebrate and invertebrate fossils. This spectacular setting and rich archeological resources provide visitors with an abundance of recreational opportunities such as camping, hiking, horseback riding, wildlife viewing, cultural resource viewing, scenic photography, and off-highway vehicle (OHV) touring on designated routes.


To get to the Indian Creek SRMA of Bears Ears National Monument, take U.S. Route 191 south from Moab, Utah, for 40 miles (60 km) or drive 14 miles (22 km) north of Monticello, Utah. Turn onto UT SR-211 and drive 9.5 miles to the boundary. The road winds through the SRMA for 21 miles, where it then meets the border of the Needles District of Canyonlands National Park. UT SR-211 is the only paved road leading in and out of the area.