This Utah Scenic Byway traverses a high altitude (6,000 feet) sage plain before plunging into Indian Creek Canyon on its way to Canyonlands National Park. Along the way it passes the Dugout Ranch, one of the oldest operating cattle ranches in southeast Utah. The byway accesses Newspaper Rock BLM Recreation Site and cuts through the Canyon Rims BLM Recreation Area, a vast landscape of desert and low elevation mountain terrain repleat with hiking and four wheeling opportunities.
Length of Byway or Route40 miles
Beginning at the junction of US Highway 191, 14 miles north of Monticello, Utah the paved Byway travels west across the sage plain, past the location of the 1940s Home of Truth cooperative community, through Photograph Gap, and descends the switchbacks into Indian Creek Canyon. It follows the canyon until the landscape opens out into a broad valley at which point the Byway accesses a county road which leads to the Abajo Mountains and Beef Basin within the larger Canyon Rims Recreation Area. The byway terminates at the Needles District of Canyonlands National Park.
Highlights and Key Points Along the Route
The scenic byway itself, picture perfect views in every direction!
Newspaper Rock Recreation Area
Canyonlands National Park - Needles District
Access to the Abajo Mountains via Elk Ridge and gravel or dirt county roads.
Access to Beef Basin via gravel and dirt county roads.
ADA Accessibility Notes
Newspaper Rock is ADA accessible
Pet Friendly Notes
Pets should be kept on a leash or under strict control. The area is remote and water is scarce. Be sure to carry enough water for your pet. Those traveling with pets are asked to clean up after them to ensure a positive expereience for those following.