Aztec Butte

Short scrambles on two slickrock domes, with panoramic views and ancient ruins.

Hiking Moderate

Distance
2.7 km
Ascent
98 m
Descent
98 m
Duration
0-1 hrs
Low Point
1.8 km
High Point
1.9 km
Gradient
Aztec Butte Map

This short but nicely varied trail combines views of the landscape with a glimpse into the past. You can climb a tall mesa to find a panorama over the canyons or circle a smaller mesa to find Native American ruins. A fork in the trail leads either east or west. Go east for a moderate scramble on the taller mesa. Once on top, you can roam around the slickrock dome and find different viewpoints.

Description

Going west at the fork leads to the smaller mesa. After reaching a highpoint, the trail then dips down to follow ledges around the perimeter, where the ruins are located. These stone walls were built hundreds of years ago as granaries. Be sure to view the ruins from a distance. Do not enter or touch them because they are fragile and irreplaceable.

Sources: https://www.nps.gov/cany/planyourvisit/hiking.htm https://www.earthtrekkers.com/one-perfect-day-in-canyonlands-national-park/

Difficulty

Moderate

Hiking along trails with some uneven terrain and small hills. Small rocks and roots may be present.

High Exposure

3 out of 4

Some trail sections have exposed ledges or steep ascents/descents where falling could cause serious injury.

Remoteness

2 out of 4

Away from help but easily accessed.

Best time to visit

January, February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November, December

Features

  • Historical
  • Picturesque
  • Summit Hike
  • Wild flowers
  • Family friendly

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