Aztec Butte Trail

Moab, Utah

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From high above the mesa, one of the highest elevations in Canyonlands, Aztec Butte overlooks sheer cliffs and labyrinthine canyons in every direction. As you scramble up these steep slickrock faces in high-traction trail shoes and ultralight day packs, consider the ancestral Puebloans shod in yucca sandals and laden with baskets of grain as they ascended these buttes to store their harvest in small stone structures sealed with mud. These beautifully preserved granaries still stand today as a testament to the ingenuity and determination of people who survived in this desert climate.

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"From high above the mesa, one of the highest elevations in Canyonlands, Aztec Butte overlooks sheer cliffs and labyrinthine canyons in every direction.

As you scramble up these steep slickrock faces in high-traction trail shoes and ultralight day packs, consider the ancestral Puebloans shod in yucca sandals and laden with baskets of grain as they ascended these buttes to store their harvest in small stone structures sealed with mud. These beautifully preserved granaries still stand today as a testament to the ingenuity and determination of people who survived in this desert climate."

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Moab
Distance: 2.5
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Season: Year-round
Local Contacts: Canyonlands National Park

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Jun 2018