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Indian Creek Unit

The Indian Creek Unit of Bears Ears National Monument offers a scenic drive through iconic western scenery, world-class climbing, camping, and an opportunity to enjoy the area's soul-refreshing solitude.

To get there, 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. The road then winds through the unit for 18 miles, where it meets the border of the Needles District of Canyonlands National Park where it ends. UT SR-211 is the only paved road leading in and out of the area.

Things to do

Indian Creek Scenic Byway viewIndian Creek Corridor Scenic Byway: UT SR-211 scenic byway immerses you in gorgeous western scenery as it travels through the Indian Creek Unit. The paved road begins high on a sagebrush plain, passes Newspaper Rock rock art site, then curves its way down into picturesque Indian Creek Canyon, a mecca for world-class climbing. The byway ends where it enters Canyonlands National Park. Return to U.S. Route 191 by the same route.

 

 

Newspaper Rock - photo by Bob Wick, BLM

Newspaper Rock: This magnificent rock art panel rock was created by multiple cultures over a 2,000-year span of history. The older of the more than 650 images are attributed to the ancestral Puebloan and Fremont people. The more recent rock art was left by the Navajo people and Anglo-Americans. This day-use site is free to visit. There is a vault toilet and ample paved parking, including pull through spots for larger vehicles and RVs. Newspaper Rock is along UT SR-211, about 13 miles (20.9 km) from the turnoff from U.S. Route 191.

 

 

Six Shooter Peaks - photo by Bob Wick, BLMSix Shooter Peaks: As you follow UT SR-211 through the northern end of the Indian Creek Unit, the landscape becomes larger than life - in a very iconic western way. The scenery opens up and massive walls and Bridger Jack Mesa looms to the west. The impressive North and South Six Shooter Peaks point skyward in the near distance. 

 

 

Climbing at Indian CreekIndian Creek: Indian Creek offers more than 1,000 world-class rock climbing routes in the corridor. Please be respectful of private property in the area.

 

 

 

 

 

Camping

A map of camping available on public lands in the Indian Creek area is available here.

Superbowl Campground: Multi-loop campground with 37 campsites, with a tent/trailer space, a picnic table, and a fire ring. There are vault toilets. There is no water at the campground. Campsites are first-come, first-served and self-register at the campground. The camping fee is $15 per site/per night. Superbowl is located 13.5 miles (5.6 km) northwest of Newspaper Rock, just off UT SR-211.

Hamburger Rock CampgroundCreek Pasture Campground: The large one-loop campground provides 32 campsites that each feature a tent/trailer space, a picnic table, a fire ring, and vault toilets. Sites can hold 10 people and 2 vehicles. There is no water. Campsites are $15 per night and are first come, first served. Self-register at the site. There is a larger group site that can be reserved at: https://www.recreation.gov/camping/campgrounds/252281. The campground is accessed off Highway 211, 15 miles (24 km) northwest of Newspaper Rock. 

Hamburger Rock Campground: Campground has 10 campsites situated around Hamburger Rock. A few sites are shaded by small juniper trees. There are expansive views of Lockhart Basin and Canyonlands National Park to the north and northwest. Campsites are $15 per night and available on a first come, first served basis. Each site features a tent/trailer space, a picnic table, a fire ring. There are vault toilets. There is no water at the campground. The camground is accessed off Highway 211, 17 miles (27 km) northwest of Newspaper Rock. 

Indian Creek Fallls Group Site: Group site is near Indian Creek Falls and has a tent/trailer space, picnic tables, a fire ring, and a vault toilet. The site can hold approximately 10 vehicles. There is no water. The site is located off UT SR-211, 17 miles (27 km) northwest of Newspaper Rock. Take the turn off to the north for Lockhart Basin / Hamburger Rock Campground. Travel approximately 2.2 miles (3.5 km). The site can be reserved at: https://www.recreation.gov/camping/campgrounds/252280

Bridger Jack Mesa Camping Area: Bridger Jack offers primitive camping at designated sites. There are no toilets or water. There is no fee for camping. The camping area is a 20.2 miles (32.5 km) from the intersection of UT SR-211 and U.S. Route 191. At the Cottonwood Creek Recreation site, turn left (south) onto Beef Basin Road (B107). Bridger Jack WSA is located on the mesa top above Beef Basin Road.

Nearby camping: The Needles Outpost (commercial campground) is just outside the Canyonlands National Park boundary. The Squaw Flat Campground is within the park (see map)

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