The 1.35 million-acre Bears Ears National Monument is a newly protected landscape in southeast Utah. History was made when the monument was designated by President Obama because it honored five Native American tribes - Navajo, Hopi, Zuni, Ute Mountain Ute and the Uintah-Ouray Ute Tribe - who sought to have their traditional lands set aside for preservation and continued traditional, recreational and scientific use.
A Unique Cultural Landscape
The Bears Ears landscape has been used since time immemorial by tribes. Many modern-day Pueblo tribes trace their ancestry back to the canyons and mesa tops of Bears Ears where the archaeology gives hints of their past. The monument is not just a stunning region of arches, towering buttes, red rock canyons and forested areas: it is an area with cliff dwellings, historic hogans, thousands of years of rock art, and locales for modern-day Native American activities like wood cutting, herbal gathering, and ceremony.
When exploring the Bears Ears, please consider the many Native American and historic pioneer connections that make enrich the history of the area. Honor past generations and futures on by visiting respectfully.
Explore Bluff's Backyard
Bluff is the perfect basecamp for your travels in the Bears Ears National Monument. Located on the southern boundary of the monument along the route to national parks like the Grand Canyon, Arches, and Mesa Verde, Bluff offers lodging, restaurants, picnic spots, guiding services, and more.
19th Annual Bluff International Balloon Festival January 13-15, 2017 Make your plans to be in Bluff January 13-15, 2017 for our annual spectacular balloon fest. Schedule and sponsor details coming soon! For a recap and video of the 2016 Balloon Festival, click here.
Local conservation group Friends of Cedar Mesa is hosting its annual Celebrate Cedar Mesa event, a full weekend of lively presentations, local films, workshops, hikes and service projects helping protect the beauty and archaeology of this spectacular landscape. The three-day weekend held March 4…
The 18th Annual Bluff International Balloon Festival was held January 15-17th, 2016. Despite some weather holdups, we had a beautiful Saturday night Glow-In and spectacular flights Sunday morning over the Bluff skies of Bluff.