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on Ballroom Ruins

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13 days ago

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.

on Butler Wash Ruins

hiking
13 days ago

Surprising that there aren't more reviews for this short hike, as I am sure it is very heavily trafficked. The trailhead is very well marked off of Hwy 95 -- there are signs for the turnoff .2 miles in advance from either direction. The trailhead has lots of parking and a toilet. This is a brief hike without much elevation gain, which brings you to a fenced off viewpoint where you can see the impressive ruins across the canyon. There are some interpretive signs for the flora along the way that were reasonably interesting.

hiking
19 days ago

Easy walk to a great view.

Short, sweet, and totally worth venturing off the beaten path for! Watch out for pictographs along the canyon!

Such a rewarding hike. It took us a minute to realize where we needed to park, and then again where to enter. You go down a steep hill by the bridge. The hike was easy enough, even carrying roughly 30 lb. packs. We were hoping to hike as far back the trail as we could, but one of our members fell ill and we only made it slightly pass House On Fire. That right there was breath taking. We got there at the perfect time and were able to find some of the hand prints on the walls as well. We set up camp for the night against the rocks in some trees and cactus. A few of us day hiked back to see the other ruins. I don't think we made it as far as we could possibly go, but once you start climbing on the slick rocks, it gets harder to find the path further back. I would love to go back and see just how far we can go eventually, but it's not on any of my immediate trip plans as of now.

I would say it’s more like 3 miles but so worth it! Kids loved looking in the ruins and I loved the history!

hiking
3 months ago

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.

Few more pictographs past the campground.

Short flat easy hike back to the ruin along a creek bed. Partially shaded along the way which is a plus in the hot summer sun. The ruin is picturesque but not real large. It is worth the visit.

So delightful indeed! easy hike with the treat of the house on fire ruins.

This hike is very easy but so enjoyable. The footing is like walking in a dry creek bed and about a mile up the trail is house on fire. The walk itself is serene, quiet, a calm hum. The trail is flanked by yellow juniper, ponderosa pine, sage and manzanita. It’s mellow enough that your exhausted irritated teenage daughter will manage without too much complaining. I LOVED this hike!

Easy hike and great photo ops of several ruins. Hiked mid December, dry, sunny and daytime temps in the low 50s. Little or no people, awesome.

Fun! We were able to find three ruins in 3 miles (one way) but I’m sure there are more! Just keep looking up.

hiking
Saturday, July 29, 2017

A great hike with kids. It was a little muddy with a lot of clay, but maybe nothing to worry about unless it's monsoon season.

Somewhat easy trail up Mule Canyon, following a small creek or wash (depending on when you go) Great photo op, can go farther down the canyon to other ruins if your wish & have the time

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