Mule Canyon Ruin

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Mule Canyon Ruin

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BLM – Monticello Field Office
365 North Main Street
Monticello, Utah 84535
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MULE CANYON RUIN IS A ROADSIDE RUIN, ABOUT 7 MI. WEST OF BUTLER WASH RUINS ALONG HWY 95. THESE RUINS CAN BE SEEN IN 15 MINUTES OR SERVE AS A BASE FOR HIKING SEVERAL OTHER TRAILS.

Mule Canyon Ruin Overview

fees-iconFree entry
camping-iconFree dispersed camping
direction-iconApprox. 20 mi. southwest of Blanding on the north side of Hwy 95

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Mule Canyon Ruins Trail

A SERIES OF DWELLINGS AND STORAGE AREAS TUCKED AWAY IN THIS CANYON. MAIN ATTRACTION IS ‘HOUSE ON FIRE’.

distance-icon11 mi. round trip.
difficulty-iconStrenuous
trailhead-iconGo 0.5 mi. to the east, then 0.25 mi. north to the parking area
fees-iconBackcountry Permit at the trailhead

Trail Details:
Hike west into the canyon on a well-worn trail. ‘House on Fire’ is located at 1.25 mi. Photographing the ‘House on Fire” while it’s ‘on fire’, should be done early morning, before the sunlight hits the ruins directly.
From here, you can walk at least another 3 mi. to find multiple, smaller ruins. Most are high up on the canyon walls, but you can hike up to a few fairly easily.

Cave Tower Trail

ut-cave-towerAT THE HEAD OF THE LOWER MULE CANYON, SEVEN UNIQUE ROUND TOWERS SURROUND A CAVE WITH A SPRING. SEVERAL SMALL RUINS ARE TUCKED AWAY ON BOTH SIDES OF THE CANYON.

distance-icon1 mi. round trip.
difficulty-iconEasy
trailhead-iconFrom the Mule Canyon Roadside Ruins go east 0.8 mi., park off the south side of the highway and walk south 0.5 mi.
fees-iconBackcountry Permit at the Mule Canyon trailhead (needed if you enter the canyon)

Mule Canyon North Fork Trail

distance-icon5 mi. round trip.
difficulty-iconEasy
trailhead-iconContinue 0.5 mi. beyond the Mule Canyon trailhead and park on the right
fees-iconBackcountry Permit at the Mule Canyon trailhead

Trail Details:
This North Fork trail follows the creek bed and several structures can be found along the canyon walls.
At a certain point a granary can be seen under an overhang high above; here, at creek level, a small ruin is hidden in a small alcove with several petroglyphs on the walls. After a few miles, turn around and return to the trailhead. Max. roundtrip distance approx. 9 mi.

Lower Mule Canyon Trail

distance-icon1 mi. round trip.
difficulty-iconEasy
camping-iconAvailable at the trailhead
trailhead-iconFrom Hwy 95 south 1 mi. on Comb Wash Road, turn right 0.3 mi. to the trailhead

Trail Details:
Follow the trail north-west 0.5 mi.

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