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IT REALLY DOES LOOK LIKE A ROARING FIRE

BUTLER WASH RUINS

Butler Wash Ruin is a cliff dwelling that was built and occupied by the Ancestral Puebloans, sometimes known as Anasazi, in about 1200 AD. Parts of the site has been stabilized and reconstructed, but most of it remains as it was found in the 1800s. There are habitation, storage and ceremonial structures, including four kivas. This ruin is located in a side canyon of Butler Wash, on the east side of Comb Ridge. These ruins are part of Bears Ears National Monument - Shash Jaa Unit.  

The trail is a half mile across a mix of sand dunes and white slickrock bearing bushes, cacti and yucca, to the rim of a box canyon, opposite a 150 foot pour off. A huge sandy alcove at floor level contains no ruins; instead the structure is built in a less accessible alcove above, and seems well preserved, complete with doorways, stairs and kivas. There are other hikes in the Butler Region. 

GETTING THERE FROM BLANDING: 

To reach the Butler Wash Ruins trail-head, travelers will drive 3 miles south of Blanding and head west on  Highway 95. Follow Highway 95 for 10.5 miles and follow the signage to the paved pullout area. 

HOUSE ON FIRE
& CAVE TOWER RUINS

Mule Canyon is a cluster of ancestral Anasazi ruins located in Bears Ears National Monument - Shash Jaa Unit near Blanding Utah. The well preserved Anasazi ruins found at this site are over 700 years old. This easy hiking canyon is home to a handful of Anasazi cliff dwellings, most famous of the bunch is House on Fire ruin. House on Fire sets under an overhang on the right side of the canyon about 20 feet above the wash. The ruin gets its name from the pattern in the overhang that resembles flames emitting from the structure. House on Fire is 1.8 miles round trip.

CAVE TOWER RUINS
There are seven towers in various states on both sides of the canyon rim. Much of the first story of one of the towers on the east rim is in very good shape. The other towers are basically piles of rubble and remains. additional ruins tucked in alcoves and overhangs along the cliffs on the east/northeast canyon wall can be seen with a pair of binoculars. 



GETTING THERE FROM BLANDING:

HOUSE ON FIRE RUINS
To get to the trailhead drive south out of Blanding and turn west onto Highway 95. Continue for 19.4 miles and turn right onto the Texas Flat Road. There is a BLM kiosk station after turning off of the highway for anyone that is hiking in either fork of Mule Canyon.

CAVE TOWER RUINS

Turn left on an unmarked road (mile markers 103 and 102). Open the gate and remembering to close it upon entering. Hikers driving low clearance vehicles should drive a little and park at the obvious spots on the right side of the road. High clearance vehicles can drive up the road almost all the way to Cave Towers.

ADDITIONAL INFO

STAY & PLAY

Be sure to plan your meals and water supplies ahead of time. There might be a few small gas station along the way but you wont find many, if any, food options along this route.  

FOOD & WATER

Be sure to plan your meals and water supplies ahead of time. There might be a few small gas station along the way but you wont find many food options along this route.  

GAS & SUPPLIES

Same goes for fuel, hiking and camping supplies. Gear up now so you don't find yourself without the basic supplies and necessities. We wouldn't want a perfect day to go waste!

HIKING DIFFICULTY

Well maintained pathways and trails are on the agenda for today's travels! Easy to Moderate


DISTANCE ROUND TRIP:
5 Miles

 

SUITABLE VEHICLE

Butler & House On Fire are accessible to low clearance vehicles. Cave Tower & Arch Canyon Overlook need a higher clearance vehicle. 

MAP & PLAN

Cell phone service is often limited on these far off adventures. Make sure to download or map your travel and hiking plans before you go out.

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