Pictograph's in Sheiks Canyon

Sheiks Canyon
Green Mask & Yellow House Ruins

Cedar Mesa

          Sheiks Canyon is one of the less traveled tributaries of Grand Gulch. I also think it is one of the better canyons because you usually have the canyon to yourself. Among the numerous Anasazi ruins to be found in the canyon is the famous Green Mask ruins and pictographs. This canyon also contains a really nice ruin known as Yellow House. Please take only pictures and leave only footprints.

Circle of Friends:
          Sheiks Canyon is part of the "Circle of Friends" program. Members of the "Circle of Friends" have access to more specific information, explicit route information, GPS waypoints, trailhead location and detailed maps. If you would like more information on joining the "Circle of Friends" visit the sign up page.

"Circle of Friends"

Anasazi Ruins in Sheiks Canyon. Shauna and Sierra in Sheiks Canyon.

General Information:
          Sheiks Canyon contains many outstanding ruins for day hikers to explore, and provides excellent access into Grand Gulch for those doing multi day backpack trips. Sheiks Canyon is rated 1A III using the Canyon Rating System. Navigation for this route is moderate.

          A good route description, detailed map and a GPS are very helpful in navigating and locating ruins. All the ruins and rock art I know of in Sheiks Canyon are correctly located on the detailed map supplied to members of the Circle of Friends, these ruins range from a few scattered remnants to outstandingly well preserved clandestine archeological finds that will dazzle you.

BLM Permit Information:
A BLM Backcountry Permit is required to hike Sheiks Canyon.

Stormy, Sierra and Shauna at Yellow House

Trailhead Information:
          This trailhead is accessible to all high clearance vehicles in good weather.

Hiking in Sheiks Canyon Pictographs at the Green Mask Ruins

Bullet Canyon - Sheiks Canyon Loop:
          Bullet Canyon combines well with Sheiks Canyon to create an outstanding loop hike.

Sierra in Sheiks Canyon

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