Hart Point Road

Looking Down On Indian Creek From Along Hart Point Road

The same day that my husband and I were down in Indian Creek looking for petroglyphs, we also took a drive on the Hart Point Road (county rd. 121) which branches off of Hwy 211 just a few miles before Newspaper Rock.  The Hart Point Road runs pretty much parallel to Hwy 211 for about 12 miles before it comes to an end.  As you’re driving down this road, you will see lots of smaller roads leading off both to the east and west.  Based on all the fire rings we saw, many of them appear to be used for dispersed camping.

We drove down a couple of the roads that led to the west and they took us right up to the canyon rim where we got some beautiful views down into Indian Creek and out over the Needles District of Canyonlands National Park.

North & South Six Shooter Peaks – Indian Creek

North & South Six Shooter Peaks – Indian Creek

Indian Creek from Harts Point

At one of the places we stopped, we were surprised to see these ruins under the rim.  You have to get really close to the edge to see them though- it’s definitely not for the faint of heart!  They were quite a ways below us- the picture below was taken with my camera zoomed in all the way.  I wish I had taken one without zooming to show now only how far they were from the top where we were standing, but how far they were from the bottom of the canyon as well!  They looked really hard to get to- maybe that’s why they appear to be so intact.

Ruins Under the Rim – Harts Point

Sunset Over the Six Shooter Peaks

Even though I’ve lived here for almost three years now, every time I’m at any kind of a viewpoint, whether it’s Muley Point, or the top of Mt. Tukuhnikivatz in the La Sals, I’m still in awe of how far you can see around here!  I still find the mountains in the Pacific Northwest where I grew up to be beautiful, but there’s a different kind of beauty out here that I just can’t get enough of!

Directions:

From Monticello: Head north on Hwy 191 approx. 14 miles to the turn for the Needles District of Canyonlands.  Turn left onto Hwy 211 and drive approximately 10 miles until you have just passed the turn for the Hart’s Draw Road (Also called Co. Rd 101 and Forest Rd 105) leading to Monticello on your left.  The Hart Point Rd is the next road coming in from the right- it’s an unpaved road, but does not require high clearance or 4-wheel drive.

From Moab: Head south on 191 approx. 40 miles to the turn for the Needles District of Canyonlands.  Turn right onto Hwy 211 and drive approximately 10 miles until you have just passed the turn for the Hart’s Draw Road (Also called Co. Rd 101 and Forest Rd 105) leading to Monticello on your left.  The Hart Point Rd is the next road coming in from the right- it’s an unpaved road, but does not require high clearance or 4-wheel drive.

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4 Responses to Hart Point Road

  1. Oh wow those are amazing pictures. I have got to get a camera that can do that.

    • Allison says:

      Thanks for your comment, Jordan! I’m glad you liked the pictures- the views from Harts Point road are incredible! It’s easy to take good pictures around here where there are so many beautiful landscapes!

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