Road Canyon Trail

Blanding, Utah

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Utah’s Anasazi sites are scattered over a wide area that extends all the way from Green River to the Arizona border, but the very best place to see them is on the Grand Gulch Plateau. Here the forces of nature have carved dozens of meandering canyons into the Cedar Mesa Sandstone where water is at least sporadically available. The soil is fertile, the winters are relatively mild, and there are many deep alcoves in the sandstone walls of the canyons that provided shelter for the prehistoric Indians. The Anasazis found the canyons eminently suitable for their way of life, and today virtually every canyon on the Grand Gulch Plateau contains the remains of their stone and mud dwellings. Grand Gulch itself is the longest and best-known canyon on the Grand Gulch Plateau, and there are several interesting hiking opportunities in Grand Gulch. But many lesserknown canyons in the area also have a great deal to offer. If you are looking for some interesting Anasazi ruins in a canyon that also offers a degree of solitude then Road Canyon would be a good choice. The trail into Road Canyon is more primitive and much less traveled, but there are at least four well preserved ruins sites in the canyon and several others in varying stages of decay.
Utah's Incredible Backcountry Trails

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Utah's Incredible Backcountry Trails

by David Day (Rincon Publishing)

Utah’s Anasazi sites are scattered over a wide area that extends all the way from Green River to the Arizona border, but the very best place to see them is on the Grand Gulch Plateau. Here the forces of nature have carved dozens of meandering canyons into the Cedar Mesa Sandstone where water is at least sporadically available. The soil is fertile, the winters are relatively mild, and there are many deep alcoves in the sandstone walls of the canyons that provided shelter for the prehistoric Indians. The Anasazis found the canyons eminently suitable for their way of life, and today virtually every canyon on the Grand Gulch Plateau contains the remains of their stone and mud dwellings.

Grand Gulch itself is the longest and best-known canyon on the Grand Gulch Plateau, and there are several interesting hiking opportunities in Grand Gulch. But many lesserknown canyons in the area also have a great deal to offer. If you are looking for some interesting Anasazi ruins in a canyon that also offers a degree of solitude then Road Canyon would be a good choice. The trail into Road Canyon is more primitive and much less traveled, but there are at least four well preserved ruins sites in the canyon and several others in varying stages of decay.

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Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Blanding
Distance: 11.4
Elevation Gain: 900 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Duration: 6.75 hours
Season: Spring, summer, fall
Trailhead Elevation: 6,305 feet
Top Elevation: 5,440 feet
Local Contacts: Utah Trails; BLM, Monticello
Local Maps: Cedar Mesa North (USGS), Snow Flat Spring Cave (USGS), Grand Gulch Plateau (Trails Illustrated #706)
Driving Directions: Directions to Road Canyon Trail

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