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Cedar Mesa

Hiking Trail or Trailhead
Pictographs (painted images) from Grand Gulch Primitive Area on Cedar Mesa. Both Pictographs (painted images) and petroglypyhs (chipped images) are evident in Grand Gulch.

ADA Accessibility Notes

The area is not accessible to the physically challenged unless they are outdoor enthusiasts used to traversing difficult and demanding terrain.

Cedar Mesa is a vast network of canyons that shelter numerous rock art panels and prehistoric ruins. Excellent exploration opportunities exist for those seeking beautiful scenery and fascinating cultural remnants of the Ancestral Puebloan and older cultures who inhabited the canyons and mesa tops between 2,000 and 700 years ago. Many of the dwellings, farming areas, and rock art sites remain in excellent condition. The area is still important to modern-day Ute, Navajo, and Pueblo tribes as an area rich in firewood, game, and medicinal and ceremonial plants. Permits are required to enter Grand Gulch and may be obtained from Kane Gulch Ranger Station from March through mid-November and the BLM Monticello Field Office throughout the year. The area is remote and adequate preparation is required before entering; good maps, water, and emergency supplies are necessities.

Visitors will encounter ancient evidence of the cultures that once inhabited this area.

Views include those into deep canyons and across broad mesa tops.

Visits are permitted by the San Juan Field Office of the Bureau of Land Management, 435-587-1500, in Monticello, UT. Permits can also be acquired at the Kane Gulch Ranger Station on Cedar Mesa but advance planning is recommended and contact with the main office is likely to be a more efficient means of acquiring a permit.

Pet Friendly Notes

This is a harsh desert environment and pet owners can find themselves dealing with hot sun, little water, cactus, and wild animals. BLM regulations regarding pets are applicable.

Trail Distance

Numerous trails of various distances and difficulty.

Vertical Gain or Loss

Various. Some hikes into canyon are down steep walls while others are on the mesa top and relatively flat.