Grand Gulch via Todie Canyon

Mexican Hat, Utah 84531

Grand Gulch via Todie Canyon

Grand Gulch (via Todie Canyon) Professional Review and Guide

"One of the greatest pleasures of hiking to any Native American ruin is discovering sites along the way that you never even set out to find. The 4-mile trek to Split Level Ruin in Grand Gulch Primitive Area provides abundant opportunities for such experiences. As soon as you begin the hike you start discovering things. Practically every south- or southeast-facing enclave, alcove, and cave in the canyonside holds a granary or small cliff dwelling.

If you wander off the main trail a bit, you can find all kinds of rock art, including one site with numerous red pictographs of human hands. Of course, there’s also the final destination. The ruin is built on two natural terraces, each at a different elevation (thus, the name: Split Level Ruin). Both rooms have intact walls all around, and large wooden ceiling beams are still in place. In some spots the main beams support smaller poles, sticks, and mud. The site is preserved exceptionally well. Smaller rooms and storage facilities are also scattered about the site."

Grand Gulch (via Todie Canyon) Reviews

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This trail not only has a stunning finish at Split level ruin, it boasts a serious canyon descent into Todie at its beginning. It is not for the faint hearted. I missed a cairn and ended up corkscrewing under and between boulders before I made it to the canyon bottom. The rest of Todie canyon was a fun walk on the boulders and rocks that have tumbled into the running creek. Sightings of unbeleivably inaccessible ruins begin here. Entrance into Grand Gulch started as a brushy, mostly level trail that brings you right into some ruins, and right under others, depending on which branch of the erratic trail you take. The highlight, Split Level Ruin, is accessible, wonderfully preserved and beautiful. I had never heard of Grand Gulch before planning this vacation, but I would reccomend it as a MUST.

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Trail Information

Mexican Hat
Nearby City
350 feet
Elevation Gain
Trail Type
Skill Level
Day Hike
Bureau of Land Management
Local Contacts
USGS Cedar Mesa North
Local Maps

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Jul 2018