Grand Gulch

Blanding, Utah

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The trail soon passes the Perfect Kiva Ruin, and then Jailhouse Ruin at about 4.75 miles. Both Anasazi ruins are in great condition and can be found on the right hand side of the trail. Notice the painting above Jailhouse Ruin for which it was named. On the second day, the trail heads up Grand Gulch for 8 miles to the junction with Todie Canyon. Along the way, careful observers will see signs of ancient life. The most prominent ruin along this stretch—Split Level Ruin— can be found 5.5 miles from the Bullet Canyon and Grand Gulch junction. It lies on the left hand (north) side of the canyon. This ruin is well worth the stop.
100 Hikes in Utah

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100 Hikes in Utah

by Steve Mann & Rhett Olson (The Mountaineers Books)

The trail soon passes the Perfect Kiva Ruin, and then Jailhouse Ruin at about 4.75 miles. Both Anasazi ruins are in great condition and can be found on the right hand side of the trail. Notice the painting above Jailhouse Ruin for which it was named.

On the second day, the trail heads up Grand Gulch for 8 miles to the junction with Todie Canyon. Along the way, careful observers will see signs of ancient life. The most prominent ruin along this stretch—Split Level Ruin— can be found 5.5 miles from the Bullet Canyon and Grand Gulch junction. It lies on the left hand (north) side of the canyon. This ruin is well worth the stop.

©  Steve Mann & Rhett Olson/The Mountaineers Books. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Backpacking, Hiking
Nearby City: Blanding
Distance: 23
Elevation Gain: 1,505 feet
Trail Type: Shuttle
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: 3 days
Season: March to June, September to early November
Local Contacts: BLM Monticello Field Office
Local Maps: USGS Cedar Mesa North, Pollys Pasture, Kane Gulch; Trails Illustrated Grand Gulch Plateau
Driving Directions: Directions to Grand Gulch

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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