Cottonwood Canyon

Kanab, Utah

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From 1915 to 1920, a man named Neil M. Judd conducted an archaeological survey that extended from the Grand Canyon north to the Great Salt Lake and from Nevada to the Green River in eastern Utah. One day, while exploring Cottonwood Canyon near the town of Kanab, he came across a particularly large and well-preserved Ancestral Pueblo ruin. While investigating the ruin, it will probably occur to you that the larger chambers appear to have been used for habitation and many of the smaller ones for storage. According to Judd, that was indeed the case. Corn was probably one of the major storage items. The site also contains a large kiva.
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by Dave Wilson (Falcon Guides)

From 1915 to 1920, a man named Neil M. Judd conducted an archaeological survey that extended from the Grand Canyon north to the Great Salt Lake and from Nevada to the Green River in eastern Utah. One day, while exploring Cottonwood Canyon near the town of Kanab, he came across a particularly large and well-preserved Ancestral Pueblo ruin.

While investigating the ruin, it will probably occur to you that the larger chambers appear to have been used for habitation and many of the smaller ones for storage. According to Judd, that was indeed the case. Corn was probably one of the major storage items. The site also contains a large kiva.

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Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Kanab
Distance: 9
Elevation Gain: 700 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Difficult
Duration: Day Hike
Local Contacts: Bureau of Land Management
Local Maps: USGS Kanab, Yellow Jacket Canyon
Driving Directions: Directions to Cottonwood Canyon

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