House on Fire Ruin, Photo by Jacob Frank

House on Fire Ruin


Mule Canyon Ruins
Length:11 miles round trip

Description:There is a complex of restored Anasazi ruins along Hwy 95 at Mule Canyon, west of Blanding. They are interesting and worth looking at for a few minutes.

The real attractions in Mule Canyon are the untouched and lesser-known ruins farther up the canyon, which you've got to hike to see. You need a permit from BLM to day hike here. You can get a permit from the self-serve post at the trailhead.

Roadside Ruin
The restored ruins along the roadside are easy to find. They are marked by a sign and there is a large paved parking area.

To get to the trailhead, drive east on Hwy 95 for about 1/2 mile to San Juan County Road 263 (Arch Canyon), and then north on that road for a bout a third of a mile to the parking area.

Remote Ruins
To see the remote ruins, just hike up the canyon. There is an obvious trail in the canyon bottom. The first ruin is about 1.25 miles from the trailhead. It is quite photogenic and is called the "House on Fire" ruin. Several more ruins are located in the next 4 mile stretch up canyon. They are fun to search out.