Owl and Fish Creek Canyons Trail

Mexican Hat, Utah 84531

Owl and Fish Creek Canyons Trail

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"Southeastern Utah has one of the largest concentrations of Anasazi Indian ruins in the United States, and the area around Owl Creek and Fish Creek is one of the best places to see them. Most of the ruins in these two canyons are, unfortunately, located high on the cliffs in inaccessible alcoves. They are not generally obvious to the casual observer, and many hikers complete the loop having seen only one or two ruins. There is one excellent site, however, which is right on the trail in Owl Creek Canyon, so everyone can be assured of seeing at least one ruin site.

The ranger station recommends that hikers go down Owl Creek Canyon first, primarily because the trail down from the rim of Fish Creek Canyon is rather steep and rocky, and it is easier to climb out of that canyon with a pack than to climb into it. Personally, however, I feel it is best to go down Fish Creek first and exit through Owl Creek Canyon. I prefer that direction, first, because the trail in upper Fish Creek Canyon is sometimes vague, and one can easily miss the turn where the trail starts up to the rim. Second, there is more to see in Owl Creek Canyon, and I like to save the best for last."

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Trail Information

Mexican Hat
Nearby City
1,340 feet
Elevation Gain
Trail Type
11 hours
Spring, summer, fall
6,180 feet
Trailhead Elevation
6,180 feet
Top Elevation
San Juan Resource Area, Bureau of Land Management, in Monticello
Local Contacts
Snow Flat Spring Cave (USGS), Bluff NW (USGS)
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