Utah's Incredible Backcountry Trails
by David Day (Rincon Publishing)
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This is a nice hike into a Utah red rock canyon. The trail was in good shape, easy to follow. Trailhead was easy to find. June is not a good month to do this hike unless you really like it hot, we were in 90 degree heat each day by mid afternoon. We found the Anasazi sites pretty easy, the main trail has worn paths branching off at each of the sites. There was no water in the canyon when we were there, due to the heat we used up our water in two days and hiked out. Finding a good campsite is also a challenge in this canyon, my guess is that there are plenty of day hikers but not many who spend the night so you have to look for a good spot. Cactus flowers and a few other wildflowers were in bloom. For wildlife we saw lots of lizards and more ants than we have ever seen anywhere. Its a nice hike with, good scenery and the ancient dwellings. Would recommend this trip in the cooler months.
We didn't have time to do as much of the trail as we'd hoped, as we spent the majority of our time at the Collins
Spring end of Grand Gulch. That said, we enjoyed the South Fork of Mule Canyon very much. The trails are easy and the ancient dwellings are moving testaments to the creativity and resourcefulness of the "old ones." Move slowly and be very observant - it is easy to miss some of the ruins and pictographs!
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