Indian Creek Recreation Area

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Indian Creek Recreation Area


(435) 587-1500

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Things To Do


Indian Creek Corridor is located along Highway 211, 15 miles north of Monticello, Utah. This 26 mile stretch of spectacular scenic country is the gateway to the Needles District of Canyonlands National Park.

Activities involve rock climbing, hiking, camping, and cultural touring.

Map of Indian Creek Rec. Area

Latitude, Longitude: 38.073096, -109.561501



  • Bicycling

    Bicycling is available on the paved HWY 211 and on mountain biking trails.

  • Camping

    Hamburger Rock is the only developed campsite in the corridor and is located near the entrance of Canyonlands National Park. A private campground is located at the Needles Outpost, just outside the entrance to the park. Squaw Flat campground is located just inside the park and fills early during busy seasons.

    Camping at Bridger Jack Mesa, Creek Pasture, and Hamburger Rock Campground, is restricted to designated camping zones.

    Camping in the area of Newspaper Rock has been CLOSED due to flash flood danger.

    There are primitive dispersed camping opportunities on public land within the corridor. Please do not trespass onto private land.

  • Climbing

    Indian Creek affords many opportunities for rock climbing. New routes and bolting are allowed. Alteration of rock surfaces and removal of vegetation is prohibited.

    Rock Climbing at Indian CreekMany of these climbs can only be reached by crossing private land. Please use existing trails, respect private land signs and fences. Climbing on petroglyphs is unlawful and destructive.

  • Hiking

    Primitive hiking trails are available in the Recreation area and numerous trails are available in the nearby Needles District of Canyonlands National Park.

  • Historic Sites

    Newspaper Rock

    This rock displays multiple periods of rock art from cultures dating to 1500 years ago to this century. The older art is attributed to the ancient Puebloan people who inhabited this region for approximately two thousand years, from 100 B.C. to 1540 A.D.. The more recent art (lighter in color) is attributed to the Ute people who still live in the Four Corners area. This day-use site has toilet facilities and ample parking, including pull through sites for larger vehicles and RVs.


Extreme heat is common in summer. Freezing temperatures in winter.



Head south from Moab on US 191 to the south entrance to Canyonlands National Park (UT 211). Head west past Newspaper Rock State Park approximately 3 miles watch for Beef Basin Road on left. Follow road southwest approximately 8 miles to Indian Creek Corridor.

Phone Numbers


(435) 587-1500