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Mule Canyon Ruins

San Juan County Road 263 (Arch Canyon Road), Highway 95, 20 Miles Southwest of Blanding, Blanding, UT
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Ranked #8 of 14 attractions in Blanding
Type: Historic Sites
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Montrose, Colorado
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9 reviews 9 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2014

Well maintained & preserved, some reconstructed Ruins. Signs explain the history & significance of the site & people who lived there so many years ago. Well marked turn from the highway. Adequate parking. Short easy walk.

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Coaldale, Colorado
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2014

If you're at all interested in UT pre-history, this HAS to be the biggest (educational) band for the (time/money/effort) buck around. Free, informative, 15 seconds off UT-95, wheelchair accessible, and a very good example of one of the most distinctive features of ancestral Puebloan life. It would be just plain silly to drive by & not stop.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2013

Basically this is a highway rest stop with some stabilized Ruins. Probably the most interesting rest stop you'll ever encounter. If you want to hike, there's lots more ruins in the area.

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Durango, Colorado
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6 reviews 6 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2013

You can walk right to and around the ruins .... handicapped accessible. Well preserved and a nice easy spot to stop and see Ancestral Puebloan ruins.

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Tucson, Arizona
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26 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2013

Mule Canyon is a neat preserved ruin with a good interpretive panel. It discusses the dwelling, kiva, and connected tower. It doesn't take that long to visit. Good place to get out and stretch before heading into the park.

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Mountain View, California
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14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2013

This located on an unmarked county road (SJC263) on the north side of UT 95. There is a good chance you will miss it since it is not marked and the only marked board "Mule Canyon" leads to Mule Canyon Ruin exhibit. House on fire is 1/2 mile east of the marked Mule Canyon Ruin exhibit. There is a pullout... More

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Palo Alto, California
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262 helpful votes 262 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2013

The only reason we swung by Blanding UT and were on UT-95 was to photograph one special place. You won't find it on most maps and even if you do it won't mean much to you. This place is officially Mule Canyon that is just off UT-95 about 10-20 miles West of US-191. Mule Canyon in it's own right is... More

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Wickenburg, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2013

Mule Canyon is a comparatively narrow canyon with soaring walls, and there’s a nice hiking trail along the bottom. Since the Anasazi built their dwellings facing roughly west, you have to look up to your right to see the ruins as you head up the canyon from the road – roughly north. The ruins on the south side of the... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2013

The "Mule Canyon Ruins" site just off Utah Hwy 95 about 20 miles southwest of Blanding is a BLM site with interpretive signage, pit toilet, and several ruins including a kiva and tower which have been stabilized. (handicap accessible) This is on the rim of Mule Canyon--there are more ruins down in the canyon, accessed by turning north onto County... More

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Tucson, Arizona
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6 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2013

This is a ruin at what I would call a rest stop. Has I think a vault toilet restroom but not sure. We were on our motorcycles and just needed a break. We walked through the ruins and discovered the park service did an excellent job of restoring some of the walls and had many posters describing the ruins. Really... More

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