Butler Wash Bridger Jack Mesa, and Indian Creek WSAs Trails

Moab, Utah

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In this chapter we visit three wilderness study areas attached to the southern and eastern sides of Canyonlands National Park. Adjacent lands within the national park are also being considered for wilderness designation, so these small parcels of BLM land are part of a larger picture. The nearest town is Monticello, at the intersection of US 191 and US 491 (formerly US 666). Moab is about 40 miles north of that. All of these areas are typical of high desert environments on the Colorado Plateau. Water is very scarce, with the exception of Indian Creek. Piñon-juniper woodlands have a shaky hold on the higher elevations. Sagebrush and drought-resistant grasses grow wherever they can find a toehold in the rocks. Mule deer, bighorn sheep, and the usual cadres of lizards, snakes, and insects find these deserts to their liking. Elaborate and highly scenic sandstone rock formations are the biggest draw for human visitors. Mountain bikers, hikers, and jeep enthusiasts can find solitude if they work their way off the main roads. Indian Creek, with its riparian areas, offers contrast to the desert.
Utah's Wilderness Areas: The Complete Guide

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Utah's Wilderness Areas: The Complete Guide

by Lynna & Leland Howard (Westcliffe Publishers)

In this chapter we visit three wilderness study areas attached to the southern and eastern sides of Canyonlands National Park. Adjacent lands within the national park are also being considered for wilderness designation, so these small parcels of BLM land are part of a larger picture. The nearest town is Monticello, at the intersection of US 191 and US 491 (formerly US 666). Moab is about 40 miles north of that.

All of these areas are typical of high desert environments on the Colorado Plateau. Water is very scarce, with the exception of Indian Creek. Piñon-juniper woodlands have a shaky hold on the higher elevations. Sagebrush and drought-resistant grasses grow wherever they can find a toehold in the rocks. Mule deer, bighorn sheep, and the usual cadres of lizards, snakes, and insects find these deserts to their liking. Elaborate and highly scenic sandstone rock formations are the biggest draw for human visitors. Mountain bikers, hikers, and jeep enthusiasts can find solitude if they work their way off the main roads. Indian Creek, with its riparian areas, offers contrast to the desert.

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Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Moab
Trail Type: Several options
Skill Level: Easy to Difficult
Season: Best Spring through Fall
Trailhead Elevation: 4,000 feet
Top Elevation: 7,200 feet
Local Contacts: Bureau of Land Management, San Juan Resource Area; Canyonlands National Park
Local Maps: USGS Druid Arch, House Park Butte, South Six-Shooter Peak, Harts Point South, Cathedral Butte, Lockhart Basin, North Six-Shooter Peak
Driving Directions: Directions to Butler Wash. Bridger Jack Mesa, and Indian Creek WSAs Trails

Recent Trail Reviews

5/7/2008
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We hiked about 12 miles down Indian Creek, and as we got closer and closer to its meeting with the Colorado River the canyon got tighter and more beautiful. There aren't a lot of good camping places for the first five miles or so. We set up a base camp about six miles in where the creek drifts into WSA territory. Be prepared to get wet. The first three miles or so there is a visible ATV trail that fades as you go. Crossing the creek is inevitable, so be prepared to do it every quarter mile or so. At points we just had to walk in the creek for long stretches because the brush was so thick. Didn't see anybody else on the trail which is nice, and the weather was just about perfect. Not too hot. I give it a three because I think there are better canyons in the area to hike. Lavender Canyon and Davis canyon are spectacular.



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