Ballroom Ruins is a 2.5 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Bluff, Utah that offers scenic views and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is best used from April until September.

Distance: 2.5 miles Elevation Gain: 157 feet Route Type: Out & Back

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historic site

Short hikes to Butler Wash ruins and the Ballroom ruin. Butler Wash has a parking lot, pit toilet, and developed trail to a view point. The trail doesn't take you down into the canyon for close up views of the ruins. The Ballroom ruin trail begins at a small parking lot on the north side of hwy 95. Bear left when the trail forks. You can't miss the ruin in the large cave mouth. The ruins themselves are in bad condition and not impressive. The cave itself however is impressive, and the timber anchor holes in the rock show this must have been a major complex in its time.

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Tuesday, October 02, 2018

Absolutely wonderful hike. There are actually at least 7 sets of ruins in this canyon, the most impressive of which (at least in my opinion) require taking a trail into a side canyon. There is a really excellent description of the canyon and how to find most of the ruins here: http://www.hikingwalking.com/index.php/destinations/ut/ut_se/blanding/upper_butler/upper_butler_detail. There is no signage for the trailhead -- in fact, the parking is just before a big sign warning people speeding along Hwy 95 that the turnoff for the Butler Wash Ruins Viewpoint is coming up in 0.2 miles. Once you park, though, it will be obvious where the trail starts after passing through the fencing. The trail through the canyon is very easy to follow, but finding and following the side trails might be a little tricky. The canyon itself is very lush, full of trees and grass. Even without the amazing ruins, it would be a great hike. I went a little under 2 miles to the very end of the canyon, stopping to explore all of the ruins along the way. Some of them are not reachable, at least by me, and of course, you should be careful not to disturb anything when you are able to get close. I didn't see another person the entire time I was on the trail.

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Monday, June 25, 2018

Nice ruins, to many trampling over it. Hold it sacred and stay back a little. It seemed further back from the road than I thought. Don't give up to soon. Its a good climb when you get there.

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