Arch Canyon Anasazi Ruins

Arch Canyon Ruins

Cedar Mesa
Anasazi Ruins and Petroglyphs

           Arch Canyon contains several Anasazi (Ancestral Pueblo) ruins that are easily accessible for the entire family. Please take only pictures and leave only footprints.

General Information:
Click Here for Map          The major attraction of the Arch Canyon ruins is they are easily accessible to everyone. Those with a high clearance vehicle can drive to the ruins, all other will have to make a very short walk. A round trip to visit and explore the ruins and rock art will require approximately 1 hour. This is a desert environment, every member of your hiking party should carry a minimum of at least one liter of water. Arch Canyon is accessible year round in good weather.

          A GPS is useful in verifying you are on the correct route. The USGS 7.5' Map titled "Hotel Rock" shows the area described. Navigation for this route is easy. All waypoints and maps use the WGS84 datum. Arch Canyon Ruins and petroglyphs are rated 1A I using the Canyon Rating System.

Arch Canyon Anasazi Ruins Arch Canyon Anasazi Ruins

Trailhead Information:
This route is accessible to all vehicles in dry weather conditions. From Blanding, Utah travel south on Utah Highway 191 for 3 miles to the junction of Utah Highway 191 and Utah Highway 95. Travel west 14 miles on Utah Highway 95 to mile marker 107. At mile marker 107 (N37 30' 41", W109 39' 23") turn north (right) on the graded Comb Wash Road (SJC 205) and follow it for 2.3 miles to a junction (N37 32' 34", W109 39' 58"). At this junction the Dog Tanks Road heads south (left) and the Comb Wash Road continues north (right).

          Turn north (right) and follow the Comb Wash Road for 0.1 miles to a junction (N37 32' 40", W109 39' 55"). At this junction the Arch Canyon Road heads west (left) and the Comb Wash Road continues north (straight ahead). Those with passenger vehicles will want to park here and walk the remain distance.

          Turn west (left) and follow the Arch Canyon Road 0.4 miles to the signed Arch Canyon Ruins (N37 32' 48", W109 40' 18"). The ruins are located under the cliff on the north side of Arch Canyon. The cliff walls behind the ruins are covered with petroglyphs.

Arch Canyon Ancestral Pueblo Ruins Arch Canyon Petroglyph

Related Adventures:
            A trip to the Arch Canyon Ruins is usually combined with a visit to the Beaver Pond Ruins and Walnut Knob Petroglyph Panel. A visit to all three sites makes for a great half-day adventure.

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