A moderately-easy hike up a pleasant, shallow canyon with Ancestral Puebloan ruins and a few rock art sites.
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- Distance: 3.6 miles (round trip) to Best Ruins
8.0 miles (round trip) to View of Tower Ruin
- Elevation: 4,550-ft. at Trailhead
4,610-ft. at Best Ruins
4,700-ft. at View of Tower Ruin
- Elevation Gain: 60-ft. to Best Ruins
210-ft. to View of Tower Ruin
- Difficulty: easy-moderate
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Bluff / Bears Ears NM / Southeast Utah
Why Hike Lower Fish Creek Canyon
This pleasant off-the-beaten-path trail in lower Fish Creek Canyon offers a degree of solitude not found on other trails in the area. Starting near the confluence of Fish Creek and Comb Wash, the trail heads west/northwest up the shallow canyon along scrub covered benches.
After walking 1.3 miles observant hikers will spot the first ruin across the canyon. Over the next 2.7 miles there are 6 more ruins, two of which contain multiple structures and rock art. The other ruins are granaries and/or small ruins tuck into the cliff side. The last is a ruin atop the south rim that was possibly a lookout tower.
This description covers the first four miles of the canyon. Beyond that point the trail continues up canyon to the confluence of McCloyd and Owl Canyons, offering a variety of options for point-to-point backpacks.
Much of the trail is exposed and can get hot in the full sun. Be sure to carry plenty of water.
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