South Fork of Mule Canyon |

Cedar Mesa

Hiking South Fork of Mule Canyon - Cedar Mesa Hiking South Fork of Mule Canyon
Cedar Mesa

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TICKS & TODOS: 18 Todo Lists / 4 Ticks
RATING: Moderate Hike
LENGTH: 5-7 hours
GEAR: Standard Hiking Gear
WATER: Intermittent stream, filter if drinking
SEASON: Any, hot in the summer
Wed Hi:42 Lo:25 Thu Hi:37 Lo:20 Fri Hi:38 Lo:20 Sat Hi:41 Lo:24 Sun Hi:42 Lo:24
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South Mule makes a great introduction to ruins on Cedar Mesa. The trailhead is close to the highway and can be walked to if needed, making this a good choice in the winter or anytime dirt roads might be difficult.

The hike is sublime, winding up South Mule passing many ruins of varying quality along the way. One of the first you will visit is the House of Fire Ruin, which is often photographed. The House of Fire Ruin is one of the more photogenic ruins in the area and stunning to visit, especially if the light is hitting is just right!

The ambitious can make a fairly long day (10 miles) out of it to see the full canyon. The less ambitious can turn around at any point, making this suitable for hikers of all ability. The first ruins are within 30 minutes of the trailhead, so you don't have to go far to see ruins.

Note: The area now requires a small BLM use fee. Dogs are allowed, but must be leashed.

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