Defiance House - Lake Powell

Defiance House
Anasazi Ruins

Lake Powell
Forgotten Canyon

           Defiance House is named after the warrior pictographs on the cliff above the ruin. Defiance House was occupied by Anasazi (Ancestral Puebloans) from approximately A.D. 1250 to 1285. It is believed that the structures were occupied by one or two extended families of 15 to 20 people. Please take only pictures and leave only footprints.

General Information:
Click Here for Map          The only reasonable way to reach Defiance House is by boat. The most popular Lake Powell Marina's to boat from are Bullfrog and Hall's Crossing. This is a very popular destination for boaters and tourists on lake Powell so expect to find crowds in season.

          The time required to boat from the marina and visit the ruins makes a nice day for most people in a ski boat. A GPS is useful in verifying you are on the correct route and in locating specific ruins. The USGS 7.5' Map titled "Knowles Canyon" shows the area described. Navigation for this route is easy. All Defiance House waypoints and maps use the WGS84 datum.

          I know the National Park Service likes to promote these ruins as lightly restored, but they really look nothing like they did when I first visited them in the mid 1970's. If these ruins are lightly restored I wonder what heavily restored ruins look like. Honestly, without a lot of restoration and maintenance these ruins would now be nothing but a big pile of rocks with a pictograph above them from the amount of visitation they receive. Anyhow, restored or not, Defiance House makes for a wonderful Lake Powell Destination.

Defiance House Anasazi Ruin - Lake Powell Defiance House - Lake Powell

Route Information:
          Defiance House is located in Forgotten Canyon on Lake Powell. Forgotten Canyon is located approximately 12 miles upstream from Hall's Crossing Marina (approximately 13 miles upstream from Bullfrog Marina). Forgotten Canyon is the third canyon on the right (east) upstream from Hall's Crossing. Forgotten Canyon is located at Channel Marker 106 (N37 33' 30", W110 37' 43"). There is a pump-out station at the mouth of Forgotten Canyon.

          Boat up Forgotten Canyon about 3/4 mile to a junction. The canyon on the right (south) contains a small Anasazi Granary (N37 33' 02", W110 36' 45") you can see the granary from the water, binoculars will prove useful for viewing. After visiting the granary you will want to boat up the left (north) fork. After 1/4 mile you will reach a second junction. Take the right (south) fork and continue upstream approximately 1 1/2 miles to Defiance House (N37 32' 49", W110 35' 12").

          How close you can boat to Defiance House is depends on the lake level. When the lake is above 3650' you can boat to the base of the ruins. When the lake is extremely low the hike to the ruins can be up to 2 miles each way.

Defiance House Anasazi Ruins - Lake Powell

Please take only pictures and leave only footprints.

Defiance House Anasazi Pictographs - Lake Powell

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