On our way to Blanding for some groceries, we decided to stop at the Butler Wash Ruins.  I had seen the sign before but didn’t actually know what to expect.  At all.  We pulled over and set out waterless, because we were totally prepared.

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The hike to the overlook of the ruins is about a mile, give or take, neither of us read the sign, but you can keep going up to the ruins themselves.  I thought of it as a mini Mesa Verde, not that I know what that’s like, but maybe I’ll find out this summer! (I know now!)

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While it’s great to look at, we decided to hike down, then back up the other side to the actual ruins.  This wasn’t actually all that tough, just finding the best way up was.  We had to turn around a couple times before successfully making it.  Going back was a breeze, though.  They were definitely cool to explore, and I’m glad we went across to them.

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If you’re doing a southwest road trip, which everyone should do at least once, this is an easy trip from Moab and an even better stop if you take Highway 95 from Moab to Lake Powell or Capitol Reef.  It’s a longer dive, but way more scenic, I’d highly recommend it.  It only takes an hour or two to actually hike to the ruins themselves.  Less if you just go to the overlook.

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Helpful things:

  • Be careful and don’t ruin the ruins.  Don’t take things and definitely don’t vandalize.  That’s just not cool.
  • Bring water.  It’s the desert.  It’s hot.  It’ll make the hike much more enjoyable.
  • If you like Geocaching, they have one there!  It’s not a tough find, but it was still exciting.
  • To get to the ruins, go left at the viewing fence area.  You can go down a path there and sort of follow it along the bottom.  It goes up the other side, but there’s a few ways to go up.

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Have you been to the Butler Wash Ruins?  What about Mesa Verde or some other ones?  Do you want to go?