Cedar Mesa and Bears Ears National Monument Permits
Cedar Mesa Srma
The Cedar Mesa Special Recreation Management Area (SRMA) and the Bears Ears National Monument (BENM) - Shash Jaa SRMA contain a network of remote sandstone canyons in southeastern Utah that are home to numerous Ancestral Puebloan cliff dwellings, petroglyphs, and pictographs. The area provides outstanding opportunities for hiking, backpacking, exploring beautiful canyon scenery and viewing fascinating cultural sites in a remote high desert setting. Overnight backpacking permits, Moon House permits, and day hiking passes are required year-round for exploring the canyons of Cedar Mesa and BENM.
- Permits: Permits are required for overnight backpacking and visiting Moon House (day use). These activities have a limited entry quota (20 people per trailhead/per day). Reservations for these permits may be obtained on this site. Please see the Permit & Season Information, Important Dates, and Quota sections below for more details.
- Day Hiking Passes: Passes are required for day hiking in the canyons of Cedar Mesa and BENM. Unlike permits, passes for day hiking are unlimited. They may be obtained year-round at self-pay fee tubes at trailheads and other locations on the mesa top, or in advance at Cedar Mesa and Bears Ears N.M. Day Hiking. Passes are not valid for overnight backpacking or visiting Moon House.
Cedar Mesa and BENM can be challenging for inexperienced hikers. There are no constructed trails or directional signs along the hiking routes and water availability varies depending on the canyon and the time of year. Stop at the Kane Gulch Ranger Station (open seasonally, see Important Dates section) to check conditions before you hike.
Reservations on this site are available for non-commercial backpacking and hiking only. Commercial and organized groups (including universities, schools, scouts and clubs) must contact the BLM Monticello Field Office for information on additional BLM Special Recreation Permit requirements. Stock users must call the BLM to make reservations for any overnight or day use. No permits or passes are required for car touring and camping at Cedar Mesa and BENM. Vehicles and bicycles must stay on open designated roads and visitors must use established campsites and avoid impacting undisturbed areas.
Permit & Season Information
This permit is for overnight backpacking in the canyons of the Cedar Mesa Special Recreation Management Area and Bears Ears National Monument (BENM) – Shash Jaa SRMA, and visiting Moon House. Locations where Cedar Mesa and BENM Permits are required and available to reserve on this site include:
- The following canyons and tributaries - Grand Gulch (Kane Gulch, Bullet Canyon, Collins Canyon, Government Trail), Slickhorn Canyon, Fish and Owl Canyons, Lime Creek, Road Canyon and Mule Canyon
- Moon House
Reservation availability is dependent on limited entry quota and the season of use. Permits may also be obtained at Kane Gulch Ranger Station or trailheads, depending on the season. See the Important Dates and Quota sections below for more information.
Passes for day hiking at Cedar Mesa and BENM (except Moon House) are unlimited and may be obtained year-round at self-pay fee tubes at trailheads and other locations on the mesa top, or in advance at Cedar Mesa and Bears Ears N.M. Day Hiking .
Need to Know
Rules and Regulations:
- All reserved permits must be picked up at Kane Gulch Ranger Station, between 8:00 am and noon on the entry date. This requirement doesn't apply to Moon House permits in the off-season (November 1st - February 28th and June 16th - August 31st). Off-season Moon House permits will be emailed to the reservation holder in advance of the entry date.
- Reservations on this site are available for non-commercial backpacking and hiking only.
- Stock users must call the BLM Monticello Field Office for an advance reservation, (435) 587-1510.
- Commercial and organized groups (including universities, schools, and clubs) must contact the BLM Monticello Field Office for information on additional BLM Special Recreation Permit requirements.
- To enter Grand Gulch via a non-traditional route (trailhead not listed on this site) you must book a reservation for the nearest allocated trailhead and let the ranger station staff know your intended route when you pick up the permit.
- Maximum group size is 12 people.
- Pets are not permitted in many canyons, including Grand Gulch and its tributaries, Slickhorn Canyon and its tributaries, and the Moon House Recreation Management Zone. Where permitted, pets must be kept on a leash at all times. Pets must be kept out of springs, pot holes and other natural water sources. Pets are not allowed at any cultural or archaeological sites. Pet owners must bury pet waste away from trails, campsites and water sources.
- The permit holder will be held legally and financially responsible for historical, archaeological, cultural or ecological values damaged, destroyed or removed by trip participants. Cultural artifacts whether at an archaeological site or isolated are not to be disturbed. Moving or disturbing cultural artifacts is a violation of federal law.
- The use of ropes or climbing aids are not allowed for access to cultural sites or archaeological resources as defined in ARPA. Using a safety rope as an aid along a hiking route is permissible.
- Personal sanitation and disposal of human waste is not permitted within 200 feet of a water source, trail or campsite. Human waste must be deposited in a hole at least six inches deep and covered with soil. Used toilet paper cannot be burned or buried, it must be carried out. Washing, bathing or swimming is not permitted in or near natural water sources such as springs, streams and pot holes. Pack it in, pack it out. All trash must be packed out. Liquids must be strained and then discarded at least 200 feet away from water sources, campsites and trails.
- No wood or charcoal fires are allowed within the canyons.
- There are no assigned campsites within the canyons at this time. Camping is permitted in well-used campsites. No new campsites are to be created. No camping is allowed at any cultural sites, archaeological reources or alcoves.
- The Cedar Mesa and Bears Ears National Monument areas can be challenging for inexperienced hikers. There are no constructed trails or directional signs along the hiking routes and water availability varies depending on the canyon and the time of year. Stop at the Kane Gulch Ranger Station (open seasonally) to check conditions before you hike. You may need to pack in all of your drinking water. Please bring the water you will need for your trip prior to arriving at the ranger station.
Enjoying Cultural Resources:
The canyons of Cedar Mesa and Bears Ears National Monument were once home to a remarkable prehistoric people. The remnants of these past residents, including their dwellings, artifacts, petroglyphs and pictographs, are what make the area truly unique. Unintentional damage caused by visitors is slowly destroying these remnants. Please familiarize yourself with the ''Visit with Respect'' tips provided by Friends of Cedar Mesa, and enjoy these archaeological sites in a manner that will help preserve them for future generations of visitors.
- Permit fees must be paid at the time the reservation is booked. The following permit fee schedule is in effect:
- Overnight backpacking permit - $15.00 per person/per trip
- Moon House day use permit - $5.00 per person/per trip
A $6.00 non-refundable reservation fee is required for all advanced reservation permits.
Full refunds of per person recreation fees are available for cancellations and group size reductions made a minimum of 15 days in advance of the entry date. The reservation fee is non-refundable. There are no refunds for cancellations and group size reductions made less than 15 days before the entry date.
All changes are dependent on availability. Changes to group size, exit date and exit trailhead may be made on this website for no additional fee (except the per person fee when adding to your group). To change your entry trailhead and/or entry date, you must cancel your existing reservation and obtain a new reservation (fee and refund policies apply).
P.O. Box 7 Monticello UT 84535
*Kane Gulch Ranger Station does not have a public phone