Montezuma Canyon Trail

Monticello, Utah 84535

Montezuma Canyon Trail

Montezuma Canyon Trail Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"This interest-packed route sees very few visitors. Its entire length is graded county road that poses no difficulties for passenger vehicles in dry weather. It travels mostly along the wide-bottomed floor of Montezuma Canyon; Montezuma Creek flows down the middle of it to join the San Juan River to the south. Montezuma Creek is dry for a large part of the year, but as with all creeks around this region, it has the capacity to be deep and fast flowing, and it’s prone to flash floods.

Extreme care should be taken if heavy rain is predicted, and if there is any doubt about the crossings, then do not cross. All of the creek crossings have a gentle approach and either a sandy or rocky bottom. Special Attractions: Many small cliff dwellings and petroglyphs; Ancient Anasazi ruins at Three Kiva Pueblo; 11th-century Bradford Canyon Ruins. This trail is graded dirt but suitable for a normal passenger vehicle. It usually has gentle grades, is fairly wide, and has very shallow water crossings (if any)."

Montezuma Canyon Trail Trip Reports

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We were in this area in October 2018. One of the rainiest times the locals could remember due to a hurricane coming ashore in Mexico. The main road is good no matter how much rain hits it. Lots of ancient sites to see from the road but if you want to see more and don't mind hiking a bit, you can see a lot more ancient ruins. We happened upon several by hiking the canyons. This is a great area for spring and fall hiking, wouldn't care to do it when the Rattlers are out and about plus we saw bear and big cat sign. The area around Alkali Point has many canyons to hike. Once off the main road, the roads are good when dry but if it has rained, might consider only 4WD.

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Trail Information

Nearby City
Trail Type
2.5 hours
4,700 feet
Trailhead Elevation
6,900 feet
Top Elevation
USGS Hatch Trading Post, Bug Canyon, Bradford Canyon, Devil Mesa, Monticello South, Bluff, Blanding
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