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A nice sample of an open field village vs. cliff dwellings. Many nice trails in the area. Worth the stop to learn more about the Anasazi diverse culture.

Well laid out trail, excellent info markers. Significant in LDS history. view of blue mountains showed the starkness and remoteness the men must of felt.

We began at Owl around 2pm in 95°F weather. We came upon our first ruin, about half a granary, about 100 feet from the top. The second bunch of ruins we almost missed, being hidden behind a "waterfall". We didn't see any after those until we reached the confluence, at which we decided to take a day hike south. We came upon 2 granaries on that hike, one circular and one rectangular structure. There was another granary we found that was falling apart. All of the structures going past the confluence were very hard to spot and very easy to miss with their camouflage construction.The easiest way to spot them is to look for their perfect square openings. We didn't see any structures on our way back up Fish. Although there is a small creek with flowing water right along the trail. I'd do this hike again and make my way farther south to find more structures if I knew there was water to be found south of the confluence.

hiking
5 months ago

Fun trail with some trail finding to do. Cool ruins and scenery. We did see some bear scat, but nothing to be alarmed about. A little bit tough to get out the Fish Creek side. There was a rope there when we did it and it was helpful. Some fore thought and planning and this can be a great over night hike. My GPS tracks with all side trips was right at 20 miles.

off road driving
8 months ago

On Dec. 23, 2017, we went up about 6 miles (entered from the West at Rte. 275)... enough to see a closer view of the Bears Ears Buttes.... it was passable in our Volvo xc70 station wagon.. no issues. A few patches of snow on that day, small ice patches. We went up on Dec. 23. As I am not from the area, I always suggest for you to ask around for the road condition before going up..... The road was quite dry, and any mud that was there had been hardened due to snow cover. If it's muddy, it'd be hard to impassable in areas, I'd imagine. Keep in mind that cell service is spotty to non-existent in this area.

I did this as an overnight in mid-October. I'll leave a few tips here for anyone considering this trip:

- the loop is longer than 15 miles. My GPS track shows 19 and I have seen others tracking around 21 miles. I don't know where the '15 miles' comes from, and this isn't the only site that claims that.

- this can be extremely difficult hiking. Large sections of the canyons have no real 'trail' to speak of, and where there is (was?) a trail a lot of it can be overgrown or very easy to lose track of. Bring a map and pay attention.

- you can go in via Owl or Fish. Fish requires descending down or climbing up a 15'ish foot crack/dihedral. I went down that way. Understand that if you can not climb it, you are faced with backtracking 19-21 miles to get out via Owl...

- Obviously I then exited via Owl, and be warned the last few miles of the hike are pretty rough including some exposed sections and slab/friction climbing to get up and around obstacles in the creek

- The rangers had received a report of someone seeing bear prints in Fish but they weren't sure if it was accurate. I saw three piles of bear scat within the first couple miles of the descent in to Fish so, again, just something to be aware of.

- There are very few ruins to be seen on the loop itself. Supposedly there are more to be found if you hike down south of the confluence of Fish and Owl creeks. Very high effort, low reward trip if you are looking to see remnants of the ancients...

- Very important: there is no direct phone to reach the Kane Gulch ranger station. The only person you can speak to is the ranger who sets up your permits ($8 per person per trip) which you then have to pick up in person at the ranger station itself (during high season anyway). The permit guy has no knowledge of conditions or water availability which means that you will have no knowledge of conditions or water availability until you are standing in the ranger station 5 miles from the trailhead. Plan accordingly, bring enough water to cover your trip, and hope you won't end up having to haul it in.

hiking
Friday, April 07, 2017

this track is not accurate. This track is from the intersection of Peavine and Dark, up to and slightly past Scorup Cabin. Horse Pasture Canyon heads NE from Scorup Cabin.

backpacking
Saturday, June 11, 2016

Excellent canyon hike that you can make as long as 8 miles if you go to the end. Most people turn around at the first of 8 ruins, the famous "House on Fire" all the ruins in this canyon were left from the Anasazi Indians. For a full review check out my blog post: http://www.mylifestyletoyours.com/05/2016/hiking-mule-canyon/

-Heather

hiking
Saturday, May 07, 2016

This is the South Mule Canyon Trail. The North Trail is from the Bridge a half mile up Texas Flat road. It is spectacular and not as many people. There is a lot of Wow factor

hiking
Monday, January 11, 2016

Lots of scrambles! Started on the Fish Creek side. It was not marked well, we spent most of the afternoon trying to find the decent into the canyon. Once we found it, there's a sudden drop that we had to climb down & lower our packs into. After this is a very steep scramble down. Be very careful going down! Once we were down into the canyon, there trail isn't too bad. Lots of creek crossing. There were several more small scrambles, and trying to find where the trail was. Flooding had washed away a lot of it. There are several great camp sites along the way, water is available. The scramble up Owl Creek has some really nice indian ruins. Overall It's a nice trail, just make sure you're in good shape & have a good amount of water for the scrambles.

hiking
Tuesday, June 30, 2015

I'm unable to find South Fork Mule Canyon Trail on AllTrails.com so I'm posting my review of the trail section up to House on Fire ruins. Easy, accessible trail. As always, bring water, wear a hat and use sunscreen while hiking. If you want to get the full effect of the House on Fire ruins you have to be there at the right time of day for the light to bounce off the slick rock and hit the sandstone just right in order to get the fire effect. It was cloudy and overcast for the hour plus that I was there but in one 4-5 minute window the sun came out and everything lit up...It was one of the most incredible things I've ever seen and I managed to get THE shot. The 5 star rating is for the ruins not the trail.

walking
Thursday, May 28, 2015

The view of this feature from the west looking east is incredible. It is an interesting place to hike around with many ancient ruins and petroglyphs and other artifacts. Spend a day here driving or biking and then exploring.

walking
Tuesday, May 05, 2015

Good museum, the Indian ruins are really cool

hiking
Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Backpacking: Great hike if you're down in the area. I definitely recommend going up the north canyon as south is very busy with day hikers.

hiking
Monday, July 28, 2014

beautiful area to spend many days in. There are a few easy top rope climbs at the mouth and a big petroglyph panel near the mouth. the canyon is awesome and has many great archeological sites.

hiking
Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Loved it! There's definitely some rock climbing to be done both in and out of the canyon so be ready for that.

hiking
Thursday, August 29, 2013

Fun to see the ruins.

off road driving
Saturday, August 24, 2013

Rode this trail on a motorcycle many years ago from the end of the road in the Needles District of Canyonlands through Bear Ears pass to UT95 highway. Sometimes the road is impassable because its steep and rocky in places. But not much of a problem on motorcycles

hiking
Monday, March 18, 2013

Edge of the Cedars is in Blanding, and you go through a museum indoors. Later, you can wander about outside through Indian village ruins. Very interesting.

on Arch Canyon Trail

off road driving
Monday, December 24, 2012

Arch Canyon trail starts approximately 2.4 miles north of UT Hwy 95 off Comb Wash road. This is a sandy trail that crosses the wash numerious times as it winds between steep canyon walls. There's Cliff Dwellers ruins and Petroglyphs a few places along the way. Length is 8 miles from the begining to end of the canyon (the turnaround point) We went on the 12th of May and it was hot! This would be a nice winter hike. High clearance 4WD required if driving.

camping
Saturday, September 08, 2012

Awesome hike. Very interesting cabin. There is a water tap close to the creek across the cabin.

off road driving
Thursday, March 15, 2012

We were in the neighborhood of Blanding UT, and decided to take a look at the canyon. We only went as far as the Arch, we did not do the whole 18 mile hike. Most memorable thing, it was hot! But any hike in Utah, is worth the effort.

nature trips
Wednesday, December 28, 2011

We horseback rode this trail in Sept of 2011. It was suggested as a "must do" by forest service recreation ranger, Brian Murdoch. The ride down to the floor was very challaging in some places with areas of slick rock to cross. Probably not as bad for hikers as for horseback riders. But I think it botherd the riders more then it did the stock. That trail is probably best left for more experienced riders. Once down in the bottom the grass was stirrup high or higher. The cabin was a real treat as was the other buildings and old fencing around the ranchstead. We headed NW up Dark Canyon and had an easy but beautiful ride. We eventually came to an Anasazi ruin. To get to that ruin was an all day ride so we made a primitive camp in a site that looked like it has been used many times before. There was even some pots and pans there and even a wood saw. On the ride back the next day we came across a cowboy who was rounding up some cattle horseback. He was very friendly and polite. The water in the canyon was plentiful when we were there. Be sure and take your camera for this trip as you will want to take plenty of pictures. You will also get a stiff neck from looking up constantly at the great rock formations and to keep searching for those indian ruins.

hiking
6 months ago

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