Aztec Butte

Moab, Utah

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Before 1300 A.D. there were many Anasazi Indians living within the boundaries of Canyonlands National Park. They generally lived in the canyons below the mesas where water was more abundant-particularly along the Green River. But they also made frequent trips to the mesa tops for the purpose of gathering food, and there is still a great deal of evidence of their habitation on the Island in the Sky Mesa. The best place to see the remnants of these prehistoric people is on Aztec Butte, where the Anasazis built a number of granaries for storing the food they collected. Trail: Easy trail with some climbing.
Canyonlands National Park: Favorite Jeep Roads & Hiking Trails

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Canyonlands National Park: Favorite Jeep Roads & Hiking Trails

by David Day (Rincon Publishing)

Before 1300 A.D. there were many Anasazi Indians living within the boundaries of Canyonlands National Park. They generally lived in the canyons below the mesas where water was more abundant-particularly along the Green River.

But they also made frequent trips to the mesa tops for the purpose of gathering food, and there is still a great deal of evidence of their habitation on the Island in the Sky Mesa. The best place to see the remnants of these prehistoric people is on Aztec Butte, where the Anasazis built a number of granaries for storing the food they collected. Trail: Easy trail with some climbing.

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Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Moab
Distance: 2.2
Elevation Gain: 300 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Easy
Duration: 1.25 hours
Season: Year-round, best spring and fall
Trailhead Elevation: 6,080 feet
Top Elevation: 6,312 feet
Local Contacts: Canyonlands National Park
Local Maps: USGS Upheaval Dome, Musselman Arch
Driving Directions: Directions to Aztec Butte

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