Lewis Lodge Indian Ruins |

Cedar Mesa

Hiking Lewis Lodge Indian Ruins - Cedar Mesa Hiking Lewis Lodge Indian Ruins
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RATING: Class 4 hiking, VERY EXPOSED
LENGTH: 4-6 hours

Thu

85 | 59

Fri

85 | 57

Sat

84 | 61

Sun

82 | 62

Mon

81 | 60

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SEASON: Late Spring through Fall.
GEAR: A short rope may be helpful
WATER: None, although there is a seep near Lewis Lodge
FLASHFLOOD: None

Thu

85 | 59

Fri

85 | 57

Sat

84 | 61

Sun

82 | 62

Mon

81 | 60

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Lewis Lodge is likely one of the best, if not the best Indian ruin on Cedar Mesa. It certainly wins hands down for position. First found in 1956 by Dick Lewis, the ruin contains a complex of 44 rooms and kivas. The position certainly makes the habitat very easy to defend. The ruins themselves date back the the thirteenth century, and are an amazing example of the architecture of the time.

WARNING: Visiting the ruins requires hiking on very exposed ledges. This hike is NOT RECOMMENDED for kids, dogs, or people afraid of heights. A stumble on the ledges could be fatal.


Note: The ruins have been vandalized over the years. If you are visiting, please do not touch, sit on, stand on, or otherwise disturb the ruins. Do not take any artifacts you may find from the site. Having existed for hundreds of years on their own, we need to carefully protect them so others can visit them in the future.

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