Aztec Butte is a wonderful short hike in Canyonlands National Park that offers great views, ancient Puebloan ruins and a fun scramble up some slickrock slopes.
From the trailhead off of Upheaval Dome Road, the trail heads down to the right of the first butte. At 0.3 miles there is a spur trail to the left that heads back up this small butte to the top. Here you'll find a cairn marking some steps down and to the left where there are some stone granaries under a ledge. These small structures were used to store food and are set in a wonderfully scenic location.
Heading back down the spur trail to the main trail, it is a short walk to the base of Aztec Butte where the trail quickly becomes a steep slickrock scramble up the side of the butte. It is not a difficult trail, but there are several places where it crosses an exposed slope or climbs up over ledges as much as 3 feet high. Older kids will enjoy doing this trail! The trail reaches the top of the butte and winds around the rim, offering great 360-degree views until it arrives at another Puebloan structure overlooking a view of the La Sal Mountains in the distance.
NOTE: Archaeological sites should be treated with respect, and structures should never be entered, touched or disturbed.