Mule Canyon Trail

Blanding, Utah 84511

Mule Canyon Trail

Mule Canyon Trail Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"This hike could easily be done in one day instead of two, but there is so much to see you will want to take your time and make many stops along the way. The main attractions are the Anasazi Indian ruins that can be seen under the cliffs on the north side of the canyon.

The opportunity to discover these ruins in this wild setting, with no rangers around telling you how to behave, is what makes Mule Canyon such an exciting place. But with that freedom comes great responsibility. The ruins are a precious national treasure and should be treated as such. View them with awe, but please do not deface them in any way, and do not steal any of the pottery shards or other artifacts you may find around them. Preserve them so that others may also experience the magic of the canyon."

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Detailed Trail Descriptions from Our Guidebooks

Hiking Utah (Falcon Guides)
Bill Schneider Edited by Ann Seifert
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"An easily accessible day hike or overnighter in Mule Canyon, one of the canyons of the Grand Gulch Plateau. Mule Canyon offers an easily accessible canyon trip. Hikers of all ages enjoy the Cedar Mesa sandstone, Indian ruins, and solitude. You can hike in Mule Canyon during any season, although caution is advised in winter due to potentially icy conditions. Access may also be limited during this season." Read more

Mule Canyon Trail Reviews

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This is a nice hike into a Utah red rock canyon. The trail was in good shape, easy to follow. Trailhead was easy to find. June is not a good month to do this hike unless you really like it hot, we were in 90 degree heat each day by mid afternoon. We found the Anasazi sites pretty easy, the main trail has worn paths branching off at each of the sites. There was no water in the canyon when we were there, due to the heat we used up our water in two days and hiked out. Finding a good campsite is also a challenge in this canyon, my guess is that there are plenty of day hikers but not many who spend the night so you have to look for a good spot. Cactus flowers and a few other wildflowers were in bloom. For wildlife we saw lots of lizards and more ants than we have ever seen anywhere. Its a nice hike with, good scenery and the ancient dwellings. Would recommend this trip in the cooler months.
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We didn't have time to do as much of the trail as we'd hoped, as we spent the majority of our time at the Collins Spring end of Grand Gulch. That said, we enjoyed the South Fork of Mule Canyon very much. The trails are easy and the ancient dwellings are moving testaments to the creativity and resourcefulness of the "old ones." Move slowly and be very observant - it is easy to miss some of the ruins and pictographs!

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Trail Information

Nearby City
420 feet
Elevation Gain
Trail Type
Skill Level
5.5 hours
Spring, summer, fall
5,980 feet
Trailhead Elevation
5,980 feet
Top Elevation
San Juan Resource Area, Bureau of Land Management, in Monticello
Local Contacts
Hotel Rock (USGS), South Long Point (USGS)
Local Maps

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Dec 2018