Road Canyon Trail

Blanding, Utah 84511

Road Canyon Trail

Road Canyon Trail Professional Review and Guide

"Utah’s Anasazi sites are scattered over a wide area that extends all the way from Green River to the Arizona border, but the very best place to see them is on the Grand Gulch Plateau. Here the forces of nature have carved dozens of meandering canyons into the Cedar Mesa Sandstone where water is at least sporadically available. The soil is fertile, the winters are relatively mild, and there are many deep alcoves in the sandstone walls of the canyons that provided shelter for the prehistoric Indians. The Anasazis found the canyons eminently suitable for their way of life, and today virtually every canyon on the Grand Gulch Plateau contains the remains of their stone and mud dwellings.

Grand Gulch itself is the longest and best-known canyon on the Grand Gulch Plateau, and there are several interesting hiking opportunities in Grand Gulch. But many lesserknown canyons in the area also have a great deal to offer. If you are looking for some interesting Anasazi ruins in a canyon that also offers a degree of solitude then Road Canyon would be a good choice. The trail into Road Canyon is more primitive and much less traveled, but there are at least four well preserved ruins sites in the canyon and several others in varying stages of decay."

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Trail Information

Blanding
Nearby City
11.4
Distance
900 feet
Elevation Gain
Out-and-back
Trail Type
6.75 hours
Duration
Spring, summer, fall
Season
6,305 feet
Trailhead Elevation
5,440 feet
Top Elevation
Utah Trails; BLM, Monticello
Local Contacts
Cedar Mesa North (USGS), Snow Flat Spring Cave (USGS), Grand Gulch Plateau (Trails Illustrated #706)
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Jul 2018