Sunday, August 11, 2019

House on Fire Travel Guide

House on Fire Ruin

House on Fire Ruin obtained its name from the swirling, striated patterns on the rock roof above the structures, during a certain time frame of daylight; making the roof look as if it is engulfed in flames.  The rooms are not living quarters, but instead are granaries used by Anasazi to store corn and other crops.

·         Location is 44.2 miles from Monticello; take Hwy. 191 south into and through Blanding, 24.6 miles, until the junction of State Hwy. 95, make a right onto Hwy. 95 and travel 19.6 miles.  Make a right onto Mule Canyon/Texas Flat Road (graded dirt road and there is a sign indicating it), go 3/10s of a mile. 

·         There are widened parking areas on both sides of the road; on left side of road, walk 25 feet & go down a very steep and sandy decline.  There is an informational board at the trailhead.
·         Best time of day to see “fire” effect is between 8am to 11am; by 12 Noon, the entire site is in shadow.  Many alcoves along the trail have the “fire” effect, but no ruins are inside them.

·         Hike is round trip two (2) miles; approximate visitation is three (3) hours.

·         Difficulty: Easy; the trail goes into and out of a dry wash in several places, a walking stick is recommended due to the sandy soil along its banks and the rocks lining the wash’s bottom.

·         Climb up onto the ruin’s ledge is very steep; there are two (2) well-worn trails upward that can be followed.

·         A Geocache is located at the site.

·         Admission: Free

·         Facilities: None

·         Camping: Only in designated BLM camping areas; see informational board at start of Mule Canyon/Texas Flat Road.

·         Pets: Allowed, must be leashed at all times; owners are expected to pick up after their pet (s).

                       This is a wonderful early to mid-morning hike!

                       Mary Cokenour

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