Bears Ears National Monument
Bears Ears Starts Here
About the Monument
The creation of Bears Ears National Monument in 2016 made history 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.
Originally, President Obama established the Bears Ears National Monument in 2016 with an original size of 1.3 million acres. In 2017, President Trump signed an executive order to reducing the boundaries of the Bears Ears National Monument, dividing the monument into two units: The Shash Jaa Unit and Indian Creek Unit. Bluff is the nearest town to Shash Jaa Unit and is, in essence, Bluff’s back yard.
When visiting the area, it’s important to consider attractions and activities throughout the greater Bears Ears region. Unsurpassed views and attractions are found both inside and outside the Bears Ears National Monument.
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, Utah is the perfect basecamp for your travels in the Bears Ears region. Located on the southern boundary of the monument along the route to national and tribal parks of the Grand Circle such as the Grand Canyon, Monument Valley, and Arches, Bluff offers lodging, restaurants, picnic spots, guiding services, and more.
We’ve created a list of our favorite spots to introduce you to Bears Ears and experience its vistas and archaeology.
Fees & Regulations
Please contact the BLM and Forest Service about fees, regulations, and permits.