“A gentle trail along the peaceful banks of Indian Creek”
— Eric Ashley
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Conditions can change rapidly with weather events and during spring runoff. Check with the Monticello Ranger District for updated information before you go.
Despite some sections of sand, this is quite a pleasant run.
Lower Indian Creek Trail (021) is a multi-use trail that begins off of Forest Road 104 on a triangular hillside between two drainages.
From the trailhead, follow the sandy track down a half mile to a stream crossing near Indian Creek. This steady descent is the steepest one on the entire trail.
As you follow along the banks of Indian Creek, the trail soon begins to curve tightly back and fourth through the vegetation that fills the bottom of the canyon. The result is a delightful creek-side scene beneath dappled shade. As you enjoy the sights, notice that the slope of Shay Mountain is much dryer than the opposite slope to your right.
Around four miles in, the lush vegetation gives way to clumps of sagebrush as the trail heads toward the Manti-La Sal National Forest boundary. The trail continues through BLM land along a road until it reaches State Route 211 near Newspaper Rock State Historic Monument.