Fort Bottom Ruin Trail

Canyonlands National Park - Island In The Sky District, Utah

Elevation Gain1,033ft
Trailhead Elevation4,387ft
Elevation Min/Max3967/4387ft
Elevation Start/End4387/4387ft

Fort Bottom Ruin Trail

Fort Bottom Ruin Trail is a hiking trail in San Juan County, Utah. It is within Canyonlands National Park - Island In The Sky District. It is 1.7 miles long and begins at 4,387 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 3.5 miles with a total elevation gain of 1,033 feet. Near the trailhead there is parking.

Fort Bottom Ruin Trail Professional Reviews and Guides

"A day hike through the recent and not-so-recent history of the
region. This interesting hike has two destinations. You can hike down to the bottomland
where an old ranch building sits (a 4-mile round-trip), or you can climb up to the
top of a small butte (3 miles out and back) to check out an intriguing structure built
by Ancestral Puebloans."

"Fort Bottom was named after a tower-like structure that was built above the river bottom by the Anasazi Indians some 750 years ago. It isn?t clear what the tower was used for, but many such towers have been found throughout the Southwest. Often they are located on mesa tops with lines of sight between them, which suggests that they may have been used for signaling between Anasazi settlements.

Perhaps the greatest attraction of this hike is the terrific views of the Green River that can be seen from the trail. The trail follows a long ridge from the road to the center of a huge bend, where the river makes a 230-degree turn to get around the western end of Bighorn Mesa. At its narrowest point the ridge is only 300 yards wide, but the water flowing under the north side of the trail must travel over three miles around the perimeter of Fort Bottom before it comes back along the south side of the trail. Trail: Well marked, easy to follow."

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Trail Information

Canyonlands National Park - Island In The Sky District
Nearby City
Canyonlands National Park - Island In The Sky District
Canyonlands National Park
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USGS Horsethief Canyon
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Oct 2018