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INDIAN CREEK UNIT:
The area has many archaeological sites that range from rock art to cliff dwellings and artifacts. Newspaper Rock, which contains images from historic times, is typically the most famous site and receives relatively frequent visitation. From the Indian Creek Unit, travelers can also journey onto Canyonlands National Park, just 30 miles to the northwest.
Indian Creek is the northern area of the Bears Ears National Monument. Before entering Canyonlands National Park, you will discover a collection of world-class rock climbing, red-rock canyon walls, and Newspaper Rock.
Those visitors and climbers who travel off the beaten path can see the 200-square-foot rock site, spectacular views, and next-to-no crowds.
Currently there are no fees or permits required to visit the Indian Creek Unit of Bears Ears National Monument. The area is open year-round, The ideal time to visit the area is late February through early June and August through October.
The south area of Bears Ears National Monument, Shash Jaa unit, is 60 miles south on highway 191.
If you are coming from the I-70, you will take Exit 182 and head south on US 191 for 68 miles towards Blanding. Look for Highway 211 and turn right (west).
If you are headed north from Blanding, you will drive 33 miles north on US191 and turn left (west) onto Highway 211.
Highway 211 will also lead you to the Needles Visitors Center and Canyonlands. After turning, you’ll drive 12 miles and Newspaper Rock is on your right. This is the start of the Indian Creek Section of Bears Ears National Monument.