Trail of the Ancients Scenic and Historic Byway

This page will expand by several more individual pages.
For now, enjoy these links and photos.

Edge of the Cedars Museum and Ruins
Edge of the Cedars Museum and Ruin

Natural Bridges National Monument
Natural Bridges National Monument

Cedar Mesa Archaeological Sites

Several sites in the Cedar Mesa area are developed for visitation. Butler Wash Ruins and Mule Canyon Ruin are situated near scenic highway 95 between Blanding and Natural Bridges National Monument. Other sites can be visited at Natural Bridges National Monument and Grand Gulch Primitive Area.

Butler Wash Indian Ruins

Butler Wash Indian Ruins

Butler Wash Indian Ruins

Butler Wash Indian Ruins site plan

Parking/Trailhead:   37.5241,   -109.6328

Mule Canyon Ruin

The Mule Canyon Ancestral Pueblo ruins are over 700 years old, and include two kivas, a stabilized tower, and a block of rooms. A BLM constructed canopy protects the restored kiva. Interpretation is provided, the location is well-signed on and adjacent to the highway, paths are handicapped accessible, and the BLM provided waterless restroom facilities.

Mule Canyon Ruin
A striking aspect of the Mule Canyon site is the far-distant views. In the photo above, the profile of Sleeping Ute Mountain crowns the eastern horizon. Several high ranges of the Rockies are also clearly visible on the frequently clear days.

Mule Canyon Ruin tower

Mule Canyon Ruin kiva and tower

Mule Canyon Ruin kiva

Mule Canyon Ruin site plan

Mule Canyon Ruin kiva and ruin walls
Cave Towers, a very fragile Ancestral Puebloan site at the head of Mule Canyon, is over 900 years old. Only a few towers are left standing in the area, so please refrain from touching, climbing on, or entering the ruins. Access to Cave Towers is via an unsigned hike.

Edge of the Cedars Kiva edcek 37.631056 -109.490583
Mule Canyon Tower mucat 37.539208 -109.741972

Other Trail of the Ancients Scenic Byway Sites.

Edge of the Cedars Museum and Ruins in Blanding, Utah. PowerPoint.

Natural Bridges National Monument

Grand Gulch Primitive Area

Hovenweep National Monument

Historic Bluff and the Navajo Twins

Muley Point, Monument Valley, and Mexican Hat

Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park

Next on the Southwest Web Ring:

Edge of the Cedars

Mesa Verde National Park
Spruce Tree House
Canyon de Chelly
Chaco Culture National Historical Park
Aztec Ruins
Salmon Ruins
Hovenweep National Monument
Trail of the Ancients
Pecos National Historical Park
Canyons of the Ancients
Edge of the Cedars
Coronado State Monument
Bandelier National Monument
Blythe Intaglios
Salinas Pueblo Missions
Montezuma Castle
Water Politics and the History of
the Fort McDowell Indian Community
Social Organization of
Three Apache Tribes
A History of Havasupai
Political Organization
Diabetes: Thrifty Genotype
or Thrifty Phenotype?
Southwest Archaeology
Lecture Notes
Pueblo Grande Mound
A Labor Analysis
Rattlesnakes of Arizona
The Chaco Meridian

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