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.

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:

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: 

Your Safety: 

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.

Fee Policy

Recreation Fee: 

Reservation Fee: 

A $6.00 non-refundable reservation fee is required for all advanced reservation permits.

Cancellation Policy


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).

Contact Information

Mailing Address

P.O. Box 7 Monticello UT 84535

*Kane Gulch Ranger Station does not have a public phone

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