Presidential Proclamation—Establishment of the Bears Ears National Monument part 2: The area's human history is as vibrant and diverse as the ruggedly beautiful landscape. From the earliest occupation, native peoples left traces of their presence. Clovis people hunted among the cliffs and canyons of Cedar Mesa as early as 13,000 years ago, leaving behind tools and projectile points in places like the Lime Ridge Clovis Site, one of the oldest known archaeological sites in Utah. Archaeologists believe that these early people hunted mammoths, ground sloths, and other now-extinct megafauna, a narrative echoed by native creation stories. Hunters and gatherers continued to live in this region in the Archaic Period, with sites dating as far back as 8,500 years ago.
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After coming back down from Mt. Markham, I made a side trip to Mt. Lowe, just one peak over. It was kind of like, well, I'm here already, I might as well. I stayed for awhile here too, just enjoying being away from it all while looking down on it all at the same time. You can look down from here at the freeways and see the commuters on their way to wherever, and yet it still seems like you are a world away. But soon I had to head back down myself, and wrestle traffic with an inept Google directions app that misfired and sent me off the freeway to skid row in the dark of night. I would have rather been back on the trail in the dark than there. But I eventually got back to the freeway and home. Now I'm waiting for my next chance to get up and away from it all again, even for just a few hours.