Some of the best camping in Southeast Utah is in Bear’s Ears National Monument. Cedar Mesa, Grand Gulch, and Comb Ridge form the core of the monument which is made up of both BLM and US Forest Service land. This guide to camping and campgrounds in Bear’s Ears National Monument provides the information you need to plan a great trip.
The BLM charges user fees for most recreational activity on their lands in southeast Utah. This includes Cedar Mesa, Comb Ridge, and much of Bear’s Ears National Monument. All hikers need to purchase a pass and some activities also require a permit. This guide has complete information about permits, passes, and fees for 2022.
Ruins and rock art are plentiful in SE Utah and these roadside ruins are a place to stretch your legs, enjoy the incredible natural surroundings, and visit ancient cliff dwellings, ruins, and rock art.
Southeast Utah was once populated by the Ancestral Puebloans (Anasazi) who lived in interconnected communities spread across the four corners area. Once numbering in the tens of thousands, these first residents left the ruins and rock art that fascinate us today. National parks and monuments like Mesa Verde, Hovenweep, and Chaco Canyon offer well-developed explorations of cliff dwellings and rock art. However, many smaller sites are easily accessed and offer a less-developed experience to visitors.