North Fork Mule Canyon

Blanding, Utah

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Much like the main fork of Mule Canyon, the North Fork blends conifer forest and pinyon-juniper woodland with bold slickrock cliffs, providing easy access to a number of fine Anasazi ruins. This fork of the canyon is more confined, and many of its ruins—including dwellings, kivas, and granaries—are better hidden than in the main fork of the canyon, making their discovery more rewarding. Walking in the North Fork is easy and trouble-free. Segments of sandy, boot-worn trail guide you upcanyon, and in between you simply follow the wash. The way ahead follows the small wash, where in spring there will likely be flowing water. You will follow segments of trail, but most often you will be walking along the floor of the wash, with slickrock underfoot and occasionally skirting boulders and plunging through willow thickets, forging your own way. Overall, the wash provides a clear avenue to follow upcanyon.

North Fork Mule Canyon Professional Review and Guide

"Much like the main fork of Mule Canyon, the North Fork blends conifer forest and pinyon-juniper woodland with bold slickrock cliffs, providing easy access to a number of fine Anasazi ruins. This fork of the canyon is more confined, and many of its ruins—including dwellings, kivas, and granaries—are better hidden than in the main fork of the canyon, making their discovery more rewarding. Walking in the North Fork is easy and trouble-free. Segments of sandy, boot-worn trail guide you upcanyon, and in between you simply follow the wash.

The way ahead follows the small wash, where in spring there will likely be flowing water. You will follow segments of trail, but most often you will be walking along the floor of the wash, with slickrock underfoot and occasionally skirting boulders and plunging through willow thickets, forging your own way. Overall, the wash provides a clear avenue to follow upcanyon."

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Blanding
Distance: 5.2
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Easy
Duration: 2.5
Season: Spring and Fall
Local Maps: USGS Hotel Rock and South Long Point
Driving Directions: Directions to North Fork Mule Canyon

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May 2018