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Roadside Ruin – Canyonlands National Park
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Overview
Location

Canyonlands National Park, Needles District

Sights

Archaeological trail, Native American Granary

Distance

Just under a mile

Elevation Gain/Loss

Minimal

Time Required

15-45 Minutes

Pets

No

Fees

$25 park entrance fee

Water Info

None

Best Season

Any

Sun Exposure

No shade

Trail Condition

well traveled sandy path

Restrooms

No

Visitor Center

Yes

Camping

Yes

Food

No

Driving Directions



The Trail:

Roadside Ruin is a very short, and very easy trail located in the Needles District of Canyonlands. Unlike most of the Needles District, this hike is accessible by any vehicle. It is a good one to stretch your legs, or if you have never seen any native ruins, but I thought it was pretty anti climatic. There are booklets at the start with info about the numbered kiosks along the way. The kiosks teach you about how the natives used the different plants and land to survive in such a hostile environment. The whole hike makes a loop with classic desert scenery.

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Far in the distance you can see Grandview Point.DSC_5947

You will soon come to the small granary that held seeds for the natives hundreds of years ago.

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Personal Thoughts:

This trail is worth doing once, especially if you have never visited before. Its an easy one that almost anyone could do and is a good way to learn how the Native Americans survived in the area.

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About The Author
Josh1990
I love adventure! I live in Cache Valley, Utah. Do you have questions on any of my Treks? Email me @ joshua.oyler@gmail.com

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