Road Canyon

Blanding, Utah 84511

Road Canyon

Road Canyon Professional Review and Guide

"About 4 miles in you arrive at one of the most significant ruins in Cedar Mesa—the Seven Kivas Ruin. The ruin is impressive, but more so if you are familiar with the meaning of kivas to the Anasazi. Reading up on the Anasazi and their rituals before hiking Road Canyon will greatly heighten your experience.

Kivas were the center of Anasazi ceremonial life. A single kiva could serve several families. Seven kivas in a single location indicates that this spot was especially sacred, perhaps serving as a spiritual center not only for those living in the immediate vicinity, but also for a larger, more regional area. The kivas are well preserved, with the log roof timbers still in place and the slip (paint) still on the inside walls."

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Trail Information

Blanding
Nearby City
9
Distance
990 feet
Elevation Gain
Loop/Lollipop
Trail Type
Moderate
Skill Level
5 to 7 hours
Duration
March to June, September to October
Season
BLM Monticello Field Office
Local Contacts
USGS Snow Flat Spring Cave, Cigarette Spring Cave; Trails Illustrated Grand Gulch Plateau
Local Maps