Mule Canyon

Blanding, Utah 84511

Mule Canyon

Mule Canyon Professional Review and Guide

"Mule Canyon is easy, accessible, filled with ruins, and just lovely overall. While not as spectacular in natural scenery as some other
area canyons, the canyon showcases the ancient ruins and rock art of the Ancestral Puebloans who lived in this area centuries ago."

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"This pleasant, easy day hike follows the course of upper Mule Canyon, one of the most accessible canyons in the Cedar Mesa region. Great bulging cliffs of Cedar Mesa sandstone embrace the canyon, which supports an interesting mixture of pinyon-juniper and montane forest environments.

The trail is sandy but well worn and easy to follow, with few obstacles, making it passable even to novice hikers. You will see several well-preserved Anasazi ruins, most of them grain storage structures. The trail leads directly to some ruins—please respect these fragile ancient structures."

"The trail is sandy but well worn and easy to follow, with few obstacles, making it passable even to novice hikers. You will see several well-preserved Anasazi ruins, most of them grain-storage structures. The trail leads directly to some ruins—please respect these fragile ancient structures. From the bridge spanning Mule Canyon Wash, follow either of two obvious trails that descend abruptly to the floor of the shallow canyon.

There the trails join and quickly lead to the trailhead register. Beyond the register, the well-defined trail follows the edge of the Mule Canyon arroyo, soon crossing the usually dry wash to the grassy bench on the opposite side."

Mule Canyon Reviews

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4/25/2005
An exceptional canyon rich in history with plenty of ancient sites of the Anasazi people. Easy trail to follow through high sandstone walls. Wonderful area to camp. Plenty of water at the time of our hike. Hiked Mule Canyon(Hike 1)North to the end of the trail. Looked for route to the East to cross over, so we could hike back out Mule Canyon (Hike 2). This was more like canyoneering and would not recommend it unless you are in good physical condition. Plenty of views in both canyons. Although we were caught in Mule Canyon (Hike 2)during a heavy down pour, use common sense when crossing through deep water and there should be no problem. Easy trail on both canyons, but warn about crossing over from one side to the other!
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5/14/2004
An excellent family day hike or for a real treat, spend the night in a canyon rich with history of the Anasazi. Amid the pine forests deep in the sandstone canyon are at least 7 sites of granaries, houses, and kivas of these ancient people. Some of these sites are easily reached while others are built high in the sandstone walls. Remains of artifacts such as pottery and bone tools have been set out for observation but please do not remove.
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Trail Information

Blanding
Nearby City
Dog-friendly
Accessibility
8.0
Distance
430 feet
Elevation Gain
Out-and-back
Trail Type
Easy
Skill Level
4-6 hours
Duration
Year-round
Season
Hiking
Additional Use
Views
Features
Bureau of Land Management, Monticello Field Office
Local Contacts
USGS Hotel Rock, South Long Point
Local Maps

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Oct 2018