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Bears Ears National Monument FAQs

Can I camp in the monument?
You find a list of campgrounds for each unit on the Indian Creek Unit and Shash Jáa Unit web pages.
Dispersed car camping is allowed (except where prohibited) in well-established sites within 150 feet of designated routes. Please do not create new campsites. The use of portable toilet systems is encouraged. Please pack out all trash.
Overnight backpacking in Cedar Mesa canyons requires a permit. Visit the Cedar Mesa Permit web page for information.

Are fires allowed when camping in the monument?
Fire rules differ between BLM and Forest Service lands and can change based on the weather and rainfall. Please check with the BLM Monticello Field Office at 435-259-2100 or the U.S. Forest Service, Monticello Ranger District at 435-587-2041 or 435-259-7155 for current information. When fires are allowed, bring your own firepan and firewood if you can or use existing fire rings made of metal or rocks. If collecting firewood, use only dead and downed wood near your campsite. Charcoal or wood fires are not allowed in the canyons of Cedar Mesa.

Can I ride my ATV or motorcycle in the monument?
Yes. The National Monument provides outstanding opportunities for motorized recreation. All roads and trails that were open prior to the monument designation continue to be open to motorized use.

Can I ride my mountain bike in the monument?
Mountain biking is allowed on all designated motorized vehicle routes within the monument.

Can I bring my pet to the monument?
Pets are allowed in the monument, except in the Cedar Mesa canyons of Grand Gulch and its tributaries; Slickhorn Canyon; Point Lookout Canyon and their tributaries. Keep pets on a leash. Leashes protect them from getting lost or encountering porcupines, mountain lions, or snakes. Please keep pets away from cultural resources, such as rock art sites and ruins. Carry water for your pet.

Can I ride my horse in the monument?
Stock use is allowed in the most of the monument, but commercial and private stock use requires a permit. Advanced reservation permits for overnight use must be obtained from the BLM Monticello Field Office (435) 587-1510 at least three weeks in advance for private parties and by July of the previous year for commercial trips. Walk-In overnight permits are not available.


For more detailed information, contact:
BLM Monticello Field Office 365 North Main | 435-259-2100
or the Forest Service, Monticello Ranger District 432 E Center Street | 435-587-2041