This week, #mypubliclandsroadtrip explores BLM Utah!  First stop – an 8-mile round trip hike along ancestral puebloan ruins in southern Utah’s spectacular Cedar Mesa.

At the Monticello Field Office, we met BLM-Utah archaeologist guide Cameron Cox for a behind-the-scenes trip through the South Fork of Mule Canyon – located halfway between Blanding and Natural Bridges National Monument.

After about a mile and a half in, we came upon a 700-year-old granary called House on Fire. Aptly named for its colorful, streaked roof, this ruin displays a vibrant reddish-glow when sunlight penetrates its alcove. As we hiked deeper into Mule canyon, we checked out more alcove ruins, a collapsed kiva and cliff ruins that likely housed many families – like an ancient apartment building. After several more hours of bushwhacking, we came upon a very large and steep roadblock - the end of the road - where we climbed out of the canyon and were rewarded with extraordinary views of Cedar Mesa.  A nice start to the #mypubliclandsroadtrip in Utah!

Please remember – Ancient puebloan ruins are important cultural sites that cannot be replaced. Always practice Leave No Trace, and do not add-to, remove, or deface any of the ruins.

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Photo by Adam Kokot @adamkokot

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