Fish Creek Canyon

Wilderness Study Area - Utah

The Fish Creek Canyon Wilderness Study Area's four main canyons are up to 700 feet deep. The canyons meander somewhat and contain numerous rock fins, alcoves, pinnacles, step-like pour offs on the canyon floors, and impressive natural arches. In addition to pinyon-juniper woodland and sagebrush, desert shrubs are common. Ponderosa pine is found in the drainages of the northern part of the WSA. The WSA includes land extensively occupied by Ancestral Puebloan dwellers from about 200 A.D. to 1300 A.D. A stabilized archeological site, Comb Wash Overlook, has 4 tower bases, a wall on the mesa rim, and rock shelter dwellings below.

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Visitor Map of Grand Gulch Wilderness Study Area (WSA) in the Monticello Field Office area in Utah. Published by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM).Bears Ears - Grand Gulch

Visitor Map of Grand Gulch Wilderness Study Area (WSA) in the Monticello Field Office area in Utah. Published by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM).

Map of Arch Canyon, Hotel Rock and Texas Flat Off-Highway Vehicle (OHV) Trails. Published by San Juan County.San Juan County OHV - Arch Canyon, Hotel Rock and Texas Flat

Map of Arch Canyon, Hotel Rock and Texas Flat Off-Highway Vehicle (OHV) Trails. Published by San Juan County.

Map of Peavine, Dark and Rig Canyons and Gooseberry Off-Highway Vehicle (OHV) Trails. Published by San Juan County.San Juan County OHV - Peavine, Dark and Rig Canyons and Gooseberry

Map of Peavine, Dark and Rig Canyons and Gooseberry Off-Highway Vehicle (OHV) Trails. Published by San Juan County.

Map 8 of the San Juan County Travel Plan in Utah. Published by San Juan County.San Juan County - Travel Plan - Map 8

Map 8 of the San Juan County Travel Plan in Utah. Published by San Juan County.

Map of the San Juan County Off-Highway Vehicle (OHV) Travel Plan and Trail System. Published by San Juan County.San Juan County OHV - OHV Travel Plan and Trails

Map of the San Juan County Off-Highway Vehicle (OHV) Travel Plan and Trail System. Published by San Juan County.

brochures

Brochure of Fish and Owl Creek Canyons in the Bears Ears National Monument (NM) in Utah. Published by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM).Fish and Owl Creek Canyons - Brochure

Brochure of Fish and Owl Creek Canyons in the Bears Ears National Monument (NM) in Utah. Published by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM).

Fish Creek Canyon WSA https://www.blm.gov/programs/national-conservation-lands/utah/fish-creek-canyon-wsa https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cedar_Mesa The Fish Creek Canyon Wilderness Study Area's four main canyons are up to 700 feet deep. The canyons meander somewhat and contain numerous rock fins, alcoves, pinnacles, step-like pour offs on the canyon floors, and impressive natural arches. In addition to pinyon-juniper woodland and sagebrush, desert shrubs are common. Ponderosa pine is found in the drainages of the northern part of the WSA. The WSA includes land extensively occupied by Ancestral Puebloan dwellers from about 200 A.D. to 1300 A.D. A stabilized archeological site, Comb Wash Overlook, has 4 tower bases, a wall on the mesa rim, and rock shelter dwellings below.
Welcome to Fish Creek and Owl Creek Canyons What You Can Do to Protect the Bears Ears National Monument: Leave All Artifacts Where You Find Them Don’t take or add to “Display Rocks” These drainages both cut diagonally across the eastern edge of Cedar Mesa, coming together several miles before they enter Comb Wash. Both are deep canyons with abundant geolgical features. Maps needed for this area are either the Trails Illustrated Grand Gulch Plateau map, or the following USGS 7.5 quads: South Long Point, Bluff NW, and Snow Flat Spring Cave. Don’t Touch Rock Writing or Add Your Own Steer Clear of Walls Structures can be easily damaged GPS Reveals Too Much Remove location data for online photos Fish and Owl Creek Canyons Bears Ears National Monument Don’t Bust the Crust Stay on existing trails $ Pay Your Fees Your small fee supports protecting this area Know Where Pets are Allowed Pets are never allowed in archeological sites Nevill’s Arch is a prominent feature in Owl Creek. The Arch sits high on a “fin” in the Cedar Mesa sandstone jutting out into the canyon. Many of the pools in these canyons have extensive hanging gardens, offering a wide variety of vegetation. The rare Kachina Daisy can be found in one of these springs. The vegetation varies from sage flats in the lower ends of the canyons to cottonwood trees and pine stands on the wider benches in the upper forks. Tracks of bobcats, mountain lion, ringtail and an occasional bear may be seen in the canyons. Small fish may be found in the pools, including killi fish, chubs, suckers, and shiners or dace. Toads and frogs can be seen and heard, and there is also evidence of beaver activity in the lower reaches of Fish Creek. Enjoy Archaeology without Ropes Using climbing gear to access sites is illegal Camp and Eat Away from Archaeology No Fires in the Canyons of Cedar Mesa Use existing fire rings when on the rims Go to the Bathroom Away from Sites Pack out all toilet paper It is your responsibility to know the rules and regulations, as they may be different inside and outside the Bears Ears National Monument. For maps, trip planning information, and rules, regulations, and recreation permits, contact the BLM at (435) 587-1510. To Report an Emergency Call 911 Cell phone service is unreliable in this area - you may need to walk or drive out to a high point. Map & Guide M et National k Fish Creek Canyon ul e Monument Wilderness Study Area Ca n yon 261 Natural Arch Dr KW AY Fish and Owl Creek Canyons Trailhead IC SCE N y Cr h Owl is BAC F The junction of Fish and Owl is quite wide. Fish is narrower than Owl but is gentle, without impasse in the first five miles. The upper forks of Fish Creek are all blocked by boulders and rock fall. Once you pass this fork of Fish, begin watching to the south. The trail climbs out of the canyon on the steep talus slope approximately 600 feet in a 10 to 12 foot crack which may require passing packs or a short rope to reach the top. The trail then goes through the pinyon and juniper forest and across several small drainages for 1.5 miles back to the trailhead. k Pic The recommended route is to enter Owl and exit Fish Canyon. The first three miles of Owl are steep and mostly slickrock, with several large pour-offs to be circumvented. One of the detours involves going into a small side canyon on the north side of the main canyon and scrambling down some rocks. Nevill’s Arch is approximately five miles in Owl Creek. Bears Ears Fo r k The main loop is approximately 17 miles long. Three days is recommended to do this hike. Permits are required for day use and overnight hiking. Overnight permits must be obtained at the Kane Gulch Ranger Station March 1st - June 15th and September 1st to October 31st. At other times of year, permits may be obtained at traihead fee stations. G r Fo Hiking in Fish and Owl Creeks ne Ka th The road access to the trailhead is one mile south of Kane Gulch Ranger Station on State Route 261. Turn east and drive approximately five miles on a dirt road to a drill hole which is the parking area. This road is passable to passenger vehicles during good weather. If it rains or snows, this road can become impassable even to 4WD vehicles. There is a kiosk and restrooms at the trailhead. Kane Gulch Ranger Station h ul c u So Getting There ee k Nevills Arch W Snow Flat Road North sh McLoyd Canyon Moon House RMZ Cr Legend: a Ranger Station State Routes BLM Wilderness Study Area (WSA) Trailhead Class B Roads Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Toilet Class D Roads Pay Station Suggested Hiking Route Interpretive Sign Bears Ears National Monument ee k Confluence Private State Institutional Trust Lands Administration (SITLA) Water Conditions Visit with Respect Owl Creek is usually dry from Nevill’s Arch to the confluence with Fish Creek. Fish Creek generally has intermittent water from two miles up Even springs can dry up, so always canyon from the conf

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