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Wonderful Area to Hike and See Ruins

What a wonderful spot for a hike. We loved the ability to see the ruins and talk with the BLM... read more

Reviewed October 2, 2018
Karen G
Arvada, Colorado
August 5th 2018

Here you go. It’s an easy hike and maybe just under 2 miles round trip. We were there by ourselves... read more

Reviewed August 5, 2018
Rushville, Indiana
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San Juan County Road 263, Highway 95, 20 Miles Southwest of Blanding, Blanding, UT
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Reviewed October 14, 2018

As at least one other person pointed out, people writing here have combined reviews of "Mule Canyon Ruins," a small site on the north side of route 95, with those of the 3+-mile hike along Mule Canyon, where there are several interesting Ancestral Puebloan sites....More

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed October 2, 2018

What a wonderful spot for a hike. We loved the ability to see the ruins and talk with the BLM folks there. A friendly, always pack in plenty of water. You can never have enough. You are in the sun the majority of the time....More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Karen G
Reviewed August 5, 2018 via mobile

Here you go. It’s an easy hike and maybe just under 2 miles round trip. We were there by ourselves and arrived at 7:47am, starting at 7:15am. I shoot with a canon 6D full frame, 1.4 20mm lens. A lot of people have over post...More

Date of experience: August 2018
2  Thank taj1026
Reviewed July 30, 2018 via mobile

There seems to be some confusion on TripAdvisor between the Mule Canyon Ruins and the Mule Canyon Trailhead that will allow you to hike to the House of Fire Ruins. This listing is for the Mule Canyon Ruins which are located right next to the...More

Date of experience: July 2018
2  Thank Bigredmachine
Reviewed July 28, 2018

I saw an article about House on Fire Ruin many, many years ago and it has been on top, or very near the top of my list of places to go, see, photograph for 40+ years. Well, now it has a check-mark next to it....More

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank Scott G
Reviewed June 27, 2018

Based on NBNM park ranger suggestion we did the Mule Canyon (house of fire) hike. Only difficulty is we missed the trailhead the first time. The trailhead is about a quarter mile from the pay box on the left side of the 'causeway', down the...More

Date of experience: June 2018
2  Thank thesteelesintx
Reviewed June 10, 2018 via mobile

I screenshotted another TripAdvisor users directions and would like to add that 1. It is a 1.5 mile one way hike.....easy to mildly moderate. And 2. The pine tree mentioned as a landmark is HUGE and bigger than 50 feet. It is dead, and about...More

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank nursesrgr8
Reviewed May 6, 2018

This is not far off the main road and easy to get to. Very well preserved ruins. It's definitely worth stopping to look at and get pictures.

Date of experience: May 2018
Thank Tita T
Reviewed April 11, 2018

This is a wonderful example of a well preserved site. Located on the side of the road and with a very easy walk, this is a site that should not be missed.

Date of experience: April 2018
Thank Paul G
Reviewed March 12, 2018 via mobile

This was so fun to see and a fun and scenic hike. The ruins were so cool and the hike was relatively flat with minimal slick rock climbing. We had a friend in the group with a bad foot and she was able to do...More

Date of experience: March 2018
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May 31, 2018|
Response from Tita T | Reviewed this property |
No permit required and it's a very short hike.
September 30, 2017|
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Response from CrawfordGene | Reviewed this property |
Probably at dawn or sunset when the sun is low in the sky. Smoke in the air from forest would help too. i
Jennifer E
July 12, 2017|
Response from OregonKathyj | Reviewed this property |
Would be ok for most kids if they are used to taking hikes. Heat could be a factor, take your time plenty of things to see and easy trail.