Roadside Ruin

Monticello, Utah

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Artifacts from the prehistoric Indians that once occupied Canyonlands are scattered throughout every district of the national park. Most of the relics are hidden away in remote canyons and alcoves, far from public sight, and hikers must often walk many miles for the opportunity to see them. But the Needles District is fortunate to have a very well-preserved prehistoric granary only a 5-minute walk from the road. This granary was built by the Anasazi Indians who lived in the area before about 1300 A.D. They cultivated corn, squash, and beans and stored their crops in small masonry enclosures. Roadside Ruin is similar to most of the granaries they left behind. It is about 5 feet in diameter, 4 feet high, and it was built in a small alcove where it is sheltered from the wind and the rain. Unlike most Anasazi granaries the Roadside Ruin granary's door is located on its roof, but the stone and mud construction of the walls is typical. Trail: Well marked, easy to follow.
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)

Artifacts from the prehistoric Indians that once occupied Canyonlands are scattered throughout every district of the national park. Most of the relics are hidden away in remote canyons and alcoves, far from public sight, and hikers must often walk many miles for the opportunity to see them. But the Needles District is fortunate to have a very well-preserved prehistoric granary only a 5-minute walk from the road.

This granary was built by the Anasazi Indians who lived in the area before about 1300 A.D. They cultivated corn, squash, and beans and stored their crops in small masonry enclosures. Roadside Ruin is similar to most of the granaries they left behind. It is about 5 feet in diameter, 4 feet high, and it was built in a small alcove where it is sheltered from the wind and the rain. Unlike most Anasazi granaries the Roadside Ruin granary's door is located on its roof, but the stone and mud construction of the walls is typical. Trail: Well marked, easy to follow.

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Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Monticello
Distance: 0.3
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Easy
Duration: 15 minutes
Season: Year-round, best spring and fall
Trailhead Elevation: 4,960 feet
Top Elevation: 4,960 feet
Accessibility: Kid-friendly
Local Contacts: Canyonlands National Park
Local Maps: USGS The Loop
Driving Directions: Directions to Roadside Ruin

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