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!
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