Cedar Mesa Info
The majority of the greater Cedar Mesa area is managed by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), out of the Monticello Field Office. Portions of the area are also managed by the National Parks Service as part of the Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, as well as the National Forest Service as part of the Manti-La Sal National Forest.
Cedar Mesa Permits
Permits are required year-round for day use, overnight backpacking, and saddle and pack stock use in the canyons of Cedar Mesa and Grand Gulch. For information on how to obtain a permit and regulations to follow while visiting, contact the Monticello Field Office.
Pets on Cedar Mesa
On the west side of Highway 261, all the drainages of Grand Gulch and Slickhorn Canyon are “no dog” zones. That means only Johns Canyon on the west side is good for those who want to hike with their furry friends. On the East Side, you have more options. Lime, Road and Owl Canyons are good, as well as lower Fish. Upper Fish and McLoyd Canyons are pooch-free zones. You can also hike with your pup in the Comb Ridge, Arch Canyon, and North/South Mule Canyons.
Please remember that dogs are not allowed in any archaeological sites, and they can easily cause damage to fragile sites. Accordingly, you’ll want to make sure you have a good system for tying your pet up outside of any sites you are sure to encounter and want to explore (carefully, of course leaving everything where you find it). Please also try to keep your dog out of potential water sources (springs, potholes) for backpackers, as good clean water is hard to come by in this arid area. For all the official pet rules on Cedar Mesa contact the BLM Monticello Field Office.
Prohibition on Roped Access to Archaeological Sites
The use of climbing gear like ropes, ladders, bolts and camming devices to access archaeological sites is illegal. The only exception is for archaeologists who have been granted special research permits. These rules have been put in place to protect delicate sites from damage from ropes, falling rock, and looting.
The BLM Monticello Resource Management Plan provides more details on this rule on pages 25 and 61. To read more about why this is important to the climbing community and other users, read the Patagonia Blog by Josh Ewing.