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Why Support Bears Ears?

Wednesday, September 7, 2016
The Bears Ears area of Southeastern Utah encompasses 1.9 million acres of unprotected archaeological and recreational sites—including the crack climbing of Indian Creek. Help protect this vast and vulnerable desert landscape before it’s too late.

Some climbers have asked, “If the Creek becomes part of a National Monument, does that mean access to climbing might be limited?”  Many partners such as the Access Fund, Utah Dine Bikeyah and Friends of Cedar Mesa have already been advocating for continued recreational uses, such as climbing, hunting, camping, etc…  A coalition of tribal nations has addressed this question and more: Commonly Asked Questions

If Bears Ears is indeed designated for protection by the Obama administration, it will be up to the climbing community to participate, as we have successfully done so many times before, in the creation of a management plan. 


Read on to hear what Indian Creek means to some of our athletes. 

"Once you experience it, you'll know it's a place we need to preserve forever.” —Sonnie Trotter

Photo: Sidni West

"Whether you're soaking in views from the start of a trailhead or the top of a tower, Bears Ears is a place for everyone to enjoy. Please help us protect these finite resources by declaring Bears Ears a National Monument and preserving it's beauty for generations to come!” —Nina Williams

Photo: Mikey Schaefer

"Indian Creek changed me, and my career. It is where I learned to climb. Where I fell in love with it. It became my life. The architectural beauty of the rock; the perfect straight lines there are otherworldly, and inspiring to climb.” —Kate Rutherford

Photo: Andrew Burr

"16 years ago, I visited Indian Creek for the first time. From the moment I did my first hand jam, I knew I would come back every year to climb these immaculate splitters. Indian Creek is very unique. There’s no other place like it. It is the world’s crack climbing mecca and it is also one of the most beautiful and inspiring areas I’ve ever visited. Please help Bears Ear and Indian Creek become a National Monument. That way we will be able to protect and enjoy this area forever.” —JP Ouellet

"This place has fed life and spirit for a thousand years. It's a timeline of our land and people.  We're so fortunate to be able to participate in it's history and protection for the story of those who passed, and for the appreciation of those to come.”  —Chris Schulte

Photo: Nina Williams

"Indian creek is one of the most magical places for climbers and other user groups. The landscape is beautifully unique and one of the true wild desert areas of the United States. Disallowing people to enjoy this untouched landscape would be a tragedy indeed.”  —Hazel Findlay

Photo: Tim Peterson

"There’s no other place on the planet like Bears Ears.  We owe it to ourselves and the generations to follow to protect this inspirational and iconic place.”  —Chris Thomas