Grand Gulch - Bullet Canyon Trail

Mexican Hat, Utah 84531

Grand Gulch - Bullet Canyon Trail

Grand Gulch - Bullet Canyon Trail Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"Grand Gulch is the premier area in Utah to see the ruins of the prehistoric Anasazi Indians. Their culture flourished in the canyon between 700 and 2000 years ago, and today dozens of cliff dwellings and other stone and mud structures remain to remind us of their occupancy. The most obvious ruins are from the so called Pueblo III culture of the thirteenth century, but more subtle remnants of the earlier Basketmaker culture that existed in the canyon from 200 to 700 A.D. are also present if one knows where to look.

Needless to say, these early explorers did tremendous harm to the archeological record in Grand Gulch. Now, of course, it is against the law to remove artifacts from the canyons or to deface the ruins in any way. Please do not carry out pottery shards, corn cobs, flint flakes, or any other artifacts you may find laying on the ground. Also, do not climb on the ruins, and try to stay off the middens as much as possible. If everyone cooperates the wondrous Anasazi ruins of Grand Gulch will be there for many more years to come, and our children will have the opportunity to enjoy them as much as we do."

Grand Gulch - Bullet Canyon Trail Trip Reports

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We entered from Bullet Canyon (where you can camp at the trailhead) and exited Kane Gulch (easy to hitchhike back) over a three-day period. If you like to explore, you should spend 4 or 5 days on this trip. We camped at the mouth of Sheiks Canyon and Todie Canyon and both were incredible spots with reliable springs nearby (bring a filter!). The Green Mask ruin is worth a visit for sure. The section between Sheiks and Todie had the highest concentration of ruins we found on this trip. Many did not have names on maps or in books, but were as impressive as the well-known ruins. Please respect these ancient places. We printed free USGS maps from and were glad since routefinding can be tough at times.

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Trail Information

Mexican Hat
Nearby City
1,040 feet
Elevation Gain
Trail Type
13.5 hours
Spring, summer, fall
6,440 feet
Trailhead Elevation
6,440 feet
Top Elevation
San Juan Resource Area, Bureau of Land Management, in Monticello
Local Contacts
Kane Culch (USGS), Cedar Mesa North (USGS), Pollys Pasture (USGS)
Local Maps