Mule Canyon

(nr Blanding UT)
Continued on UT-95 toward Blanding, and stopped to hike Mule Canyon. It was a pretty trail with rock formations, cottonwood and juniper trees, and a wash with an occasional pool of water.

Boulder by waterhole

Mule Canyon

This time I went well prepared, with water, a snack, compass, and my iPad mini with GPS. Most were not needed for the two mile round trip. The trail was well marked and easy to follow. It paralleled a wash in the bottom of the canyon, so there was little chance of getting lost.

Trail lined with yellow flowers

Wildflowers by Trail

There were lots of interesting rocks, trees and wildflowers to photograph on the way. So, I took my time and enjoyed the variety of colors and textures. An artist’s eye is always on the look out.

Odd shaped rocks

Rock Formation

The real reason for the hike into Mule Canyon was to see the House on Fire native ruin. It was timed for late afternoon, hoping to catch a good light at the site. I spent about an hour there watching the light change, examining the ruin, and photographing the surrounding cliffs.

Native cliff dwelling

House on Fire Ruin

After hiking out, I went in search of a boondock camp on BLM land. A short way down the highway there was a good spot below Comb Ridge. It had a very nice view, and some cottonwood trees for evening shade.

Steep cliffs with striated colors

Comb Ridge viewed from Campsite

Camp: BLM-Boondock
Scene: Canyon, rocks, wash, ridge, ruins

4 Responses to Mule Canyon

  1. Dizzy-Dick September 30, 2014 at 11:05 pm #

    Great pictures, I sure did enjoy them. Keep them coming.

    • Pleinguy September 30, 2014 at 11:25 pm #

      Thanks; glad you liked them. I appreciate you following the journey.

  2. Gypsy October 2, 2014 at 3:07 pm #

    I’m amazed at the House on Fire ruin. It looks so real.

    • Pleinguy October 2, 2014 at 3:17 pm #

      Yes, it is quite something to see. The afternoon light makes it come alive.

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