Elevation: 5,753 ft
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Access Issue: RAIN, WET ROCK and RAPTOR CLOSURES: The sandstone around Moab is fragile and is very easily damaged when it is wet. Also please ask and be aware of Raptor Closures in areas such as CAT WALL and RESERVOIR WALL in Indian Creek Details
Access Issue: No Toilet Facilities! Raptor Nesting Climbing Avoidance Areas - In Effect Details

Description

There are lots of cracks here on the Wingate sandstone. Lots of people now, too. Tread lightly.

Getting There

To get to the Creek from Moab, go south on US 191 toward Monticello and look for SH 211, which includes a Canyonlands sign, and go right (west). Watch for the Utah State Patrol on 191 and Mule Deer on 211. After the road winds and goes downhill, you will pass Newspaper Rock on your right. In a few miles you have pretty much entered Indian Creek Canyon.

Respect and Protect

Please Respect and Protect archaeological sites: Stay on trail, help prevent damage. Don’t move artifacts, let everyone enjoy the discovery. Stay out of ancient buildings and off walls, they are fragile! Report looting and vandalism: 1 800 722 3998

BLM Outdoor Recreation Planner

You can contact Jason Byrd for questions or concerns about the management in Indian Creek.

Climber Avoidance Areas (raptor)

Updated March 1, 2020

MONTICELLO, Utah – Each spring raptors return to the Indian Creek area for nesting. Eagles, falcons, and other migratory birds use shallow depressions on ledges, cliffs and rock walls, and often return to the same site year after year to raise their young. The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) requests that climbers and hikers avoid nest areas during critical nesting periods, typically in early March through late July. Avoiding climbing and hiking in the vicinity of the nest sites in addition to respecting wildlife by maintaining a safe viewing distance will help ensure survival of young birds.

Beginning March 1, the public will be asked to avoid climbing or hiking in areas where birds are known to nest. The climbing areas that are historically known to have nesting activity are referred to in many climbing guidebooks as: The Wall, Far Side, The Meat Walls, Disappointment Cliffs, Fin Wall, Broken Tooth, Cat Wall, Slug Wall, and Reservoir Wall. This list serves only as a guide and does not indicate every avoidance area or encompass all known names of the affected climbing areas. Refer to Raptor Protection Map to best identify avoidance areas for the protection of the nesting sites. The BLM is coordinating these raptor protection efforts with the Utah School and Institutional Trust Lands Administration (SITLA), who is the administrator of the climbing areas known as Disappointment Cliffs and portions of the Second Meat Wall climbing area.

In March, BLM biologists will begin annual surveys of raptor activity to verify which historic nest sites are active. Typically, by late April or early May, biologists can identify which nest sites raptors have selected. At that time climbing and hiking areas without active nests will be cleared for recreational use. The BLM requests that climbers and hikers completely avoid areas with active nests until the young birds have fledged, usually by late summer. Biologists will monitor nesting activity throughout the season and keep the recreation community informed of potential changes. Avoidance area notices will be posted throughout the Indian Creek corridor during the recreation season.

While falcons and eagles are not overly common sights in southeastern Utah, they are present throughout the area and keen-eyed observers are sometimes rewarded with their aerial acrobatics. Visitors can watch adult birds hunt or observe the antics of young raptors perfecting their flying techniques. These species in Utah continue to recover from low population levels, thanks in part to cooperation from the public, climbing communities and governmental partners. The BLM would like to remind the public there are private land holdings throughout the Indian Creek corridor. Please respect private landowners’ boundaries and signage.
For questions about raptors and migratory bird habitat in the Monticello area, please contact Thomas Plank or Jason Byrd with the BLM Monticello Field Office at 435-587-1500. A map depicting climbing avoidance areas is provided with this release.

Persons who use a telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD) may call the Federal Relay Service (FRS) at 1-800-877-8339 to leave a message or question. The FRS is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.  Replies are provided during normal business hours.

Raptor Protection Map (under 'attachments'):
blm.gov/press-release/blm-a…

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Classic Climbing Routes at Indian Creek

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5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b
 1,077
Supercrack of the Desert
Trad 3 pitches
5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b
 1,125
Incredible Hand Crack
Trad
5.11- 6c 22 VIII+ 22 E3 5c
 362
Pente
Trad
5.11- 6c 22 VIII+ 22 E3 5c
 327
Lightning Bolt Cracks
Trad
5.11- 6c 22 VIII+ 22 E3 5c
 163
Big Guy
Trad
5.11a/b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
 688
Scarface
Trad
5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c
 238
Excuse Station
Trad
5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c
 250
Spaghetti Western
Trad
5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c
 192
Sinestra
Trad
5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c
 152
Jupiter Crack
Trad
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a
 135
9 Lives
Trad
5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a
 173
King Cat
Trad
5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a
 407
Annunaki
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5.12- 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
 302
Way Rambo
Trad
5.12 7b+ 27 VIII+ 26 E6 6b
 111
Slice and Dice
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Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Supercrack of the Desert Supercrack Buttress
 1,077
5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b Trad 3 pitches
Incredible Hand Crack Supercrack Buttress
 1,125
5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b Trad
Pente Reservoir Wall
 362
5.11- 6c 22 VIII+ 22 E3 5c Trad
Lightning Bolt Cracks N Six Shooter Peak
 327
5.11- 6c 22 VIII+ 22 E3 5c Trad
Big Guy Scarface
 163
5.11- 6c 22 VIII+ 22 E3 5c Trad
Scarface Scarface
 688
5.11a/b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c Trad
Excuse Station Reservoir Wall
 238
5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c Trad
Spaghetti Western Pistol Whipped
 250
5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c Trad
Sinestra Original Meat Wall
 192
5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c Trad
Jupiter Crack Sparks Wall
 152
5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c Trad
9 Lives Cat Wall
 135
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a Trad
King Cat Cat Wall
 173
5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a Trad
Annunaki Optimator
 407
5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a Trad
Way Rambo Way Rambo
 302
5.12- 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a Trad
Slice and Dice Way Rambo
 111
5.12 7b+ 27 VIII+ 26 E6 6b Trad
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