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Aztec Butte

Canyonlands National Park

Canyonlands + Abajo Mountains, Utah

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  • Trailhead to Aztec Butte.- Aztec Butte
  • View of Aztec Butte from the trail.- Aztec Butte
  • Trail down to the granaries.- Aztec Butte
  • Granary building at Aztec Butte.- Aztec Butte
  • Spectacular views from the granaries at Aztec Butte.- Aztec Butte
  • Aztec Butte.- Aztec Butte
  • View from the top of the butte.- Aztec Butte
  • Puebloan dwelling.- Aztec Butte
  • Puebloan dwelling.- Aztec Butte
  • View on the return trail to the west.- Aztec Butte
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Overview + Weather
Pros: 
Beautiful archealogical artifacts. Great views.
Cons: 
Some rock scrambling and climbing.
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Region:
Canyonlands + Abajo Mountains, UT
Congestion: 
Low
Pets allowed: 
No
Net Elevation Gain: 
296.00 ft (90.22 m)
Parking Pass: 
National Park Pass
Preferable Season(s):
Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall
Total Distance: 
1.20 mi (1.93 km)
Trail type: 
There-and-back
Trailhead Elevation: 
5,967.00 ft (1,818.74 m)
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Hike Description

Hike Description

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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.

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