Grand Gulch - Bullet Canyon Trail

Mexican Hat, Utah

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Grand Gulch is the premier area in Utah to see the ruins of the prehistoric Anasazi Indians. Their culture flourished in the canyon between 700 and 2000 years ago, and today dozens of cliff dwellings and other stone and mud structures remain to remind us of their occupancy. The most obvious ruins are from the so called Pueblo III culture of the thirteenth century, but more subtle remnants of the earlier Basketmaker culture that existed in the canyon from 200 to 700 A.D. are also present if one knows where to look. Needless to say, these early explorers did tremendous harm to the archeological record in Grand Gulch. Now, of course, it is against the law to remove artifacts from the canyons or to deface the ruins in any way. Please do not carry out pottery shards, corn cobs, flint flakes, or any other artifacts you may find laying on the ground. Also, do not climb on the ruins, and try to stay off the middens as much as possible. If everyone cooperates the wondrous Anasazi ruins of Grand Gulch will be there for many more years to come, and our children will have the opportunity to enjoy them as much as we do.
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by David Day (Rincon Publishing)

Grand Gulch is the premier area in Utah to see the ruins of the prehistoric Anasazi Indians. Their culture flourished in the canyon between 700 and 2000 years ago, and today dozens of cliff dwellings and other stone and mud structures remain to remind us of their occupancy. The most obvious ruins are from the so called Pueblo III culture of the thirteenth century, but more subtle remnants of the earlier Basketmaker culture that existed in the canyon from 200 to 700 A.D. are also present if one knows where to look.

Needless to say, these early explorers did tremendous harm to the archeological record in Grand Gulch. Now, of course, it is against the law to remove artifacts from the canyons or to deface the ruins in any way. Please do not carry out pottery shards, corn cobs, flint flakes, or any other artifacts you may find laying on the ground. Also, do not climb on the ruins, and try to stay off the middens as much as possible. If everyone cooperates the wondrous Anasazi ruins of Grand Gulch will be there for many more years to come, and our children will have the opportunity to enjoy them as much as we do.

©  David Day/Rincon Publishing. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Mexican Hat
Distance: 22.8
Elevation Gain: 1,040 feet
Trail Type: Shuttle
Duration: 13.5 hours
Season: Spring, summer, fall
Trailhead Elevation: 6,440 feet
Top Elevation: 6,440 feet
Local Contacts: San Juan Resource Area, Bureau of Land Management, in Monticello
Local Maps: Kane Culch (USGS), Cedar Mesa North (USGS), Pollys Pasture (USGS)
Driving Directions: Directions to Grand Gulch - Bullet Canyon Trail

Recent Trail Reviews

9/20/2001
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We entered from Bullet Canyon (where you can camp at the trailhead) and exited Kane Gulch (easy to hitchhike back) over a three-day period. If you like to explore, you should spend 4 or 5 days on this trip. We camped at the mouth of Sheiks Canyon and Todie Canyon and both were incredible spots with reliable springs nearby (bring a filter!). The Green Mask ruin is worth a visit for sure. The section between Sheiks and Todie had the highest concentration of ruins we found on this trip. Many did not have names on maps or in books, but were as impressive as the well-known ruins. Please respect these ancient places. We printed free USGS maps from Trails.com and were glad since routefinding can be tough at times.



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