Canyonlands National Park Fort Bottom

Moab, Utah

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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. The first part of the trail is a recently abandoned road, so it’s very easy walking. About a mile from the trailhead, you go over a little divide made out of bentonite clay and then around the north side of the butte. Once on the other side, you can take a short side trip by taking a left at a junction you’ll find there and climb up to the ruin (which you could see on the way down).

Canyonlands National Park: Fort Bottom Professional Review and Guide

"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.

The first part of the trail is a recently abandoned road, so it’s very easy walking. About a mile from the trailhead, you go over a little divide made out of bentonite clay and then around the north side of the butte. Once on the other side, you can take a short side trip by taking a left at a junction you’ll find there and climb up to the ruin (which you could see on the way down)."

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Moab
Distance: 3-4 miles
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Moderate
Season: Year-round
Local Contacts: Canyonlands National Park 2282 South West Resource Blvd. Moab, UT 84532 Phone: (435) 719-2313 Website: www.nps.gov/cany
Local Maps: Trails Illustrated Island in the Sky and USGS Horsethief Canyon
Driving Directions: Directions to Canyonlands National Park: Fort Bottom

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May 2018