Roadside Ruin

Monticello, Utah 84535

Roadside Ruin

Roadside Ruin Professional Review and Guide

"Artifacts from the prehistoric Indians that once occupied Canyonlands are scattered throughout every district of the national park. Most of the relics are hidden away in remote canyons and alcoves, far from public sight, and hikers must often walk many miles for the opportunity to see them. But the Needles District is fortunate to have a very well-preserved prehistoric granary only a 5-minute walk from the road.

This granary was built by the Anasazi Indians who lived in the area before about 1300 A.D. They cultivated corn, squash, and beans and stored their crops in small masonry enclosures. Roadside Ruin is similar to most of the granaries they left behind. It is about 5 feet in diameter, 4 feet high, and it was built in a small alcove where it is sheltered from the wind and the rain. Unlike most Anasazi granaries the Roadside Ruin granary's door is located on its roof, but the stone and mud construction of the walls is typical. Trail: Well marked, easy to follow."

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Trail Information

Nearby City
Trail Type
Skill Level
15 minutes
Year-round, best spring and fall
4,960 feet
Trailhead Elevation
4,960 feet
Top Elevation
Canyonlands National Park
Local Contacts
USGS The Loop
Local Maps

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Jul 2018