Upper Salt Creek Canyonlands NP

Blanding, Utah 84511

Upper Salt Creek Canyonlands NP

Upper Salt Creek (Canyonlands NP) Professional Review and Guide

"Canyonlands National Park combines opportunities for spectacular backcountry hiking with a chance to see numerous archaeological sites. One of the best places in the park to find both wilderness and prehistoric relics is upper Salt Creek. The Salt Creek area was occupied by the Mesa Verde branch of the Ancestral Pueblo people primarily between A.D. 1075 and 1150.

The large drainage is the only place in the park with both arable land and a perennial water supply. These benefits, combined with the fact that the canyon walls offer protection from the elements and have numerous alcoves suitable for holding cliff dwellings, resulted in a heavier prehistoric occupation of Salt Creek than surrounding areas. Today, all you have to do to find cliff dwellings and rock art along Salt Creek is keep your eyes open. The more you look around, the more sites you’ll find. If you go, make sure you see two particularly interesting sites, the Big Ruin cliff dwelling and the All American Man pictograph."

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Trail Information

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1,000 feet
Elevation Gain
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Skill Level
Canyonlands National Park
Local Contacts
USGS Cathedral Butte, South Six-Shooter Peak, Druid Arch, House Park Butte
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Jul 2018