This Utah Scenic Byway (Hwy. 95) is also part of the Trail of the Ancients National Scenic Byway and covers 73 miles in San Juan County, from just south of Blanding to Hite Marina at Lake Powell and beyond. It traverses a wide variety of strata, washes, and colorful rock formations as it extends to Lake Powell and the Glen Canyon National Recreation Area at Hite Marina. Color contrasts of red rocks, white rocks, green junipers, and pinyon pines alternating with panoramic views and stone bridges at National Bridges National Monument are just a few of the features found along this scenic byway. Mule Canyon Ruin lies right beside the road and is accessible to everyone with ample parking for large vehicles and a pit toilet accessible to all. A large signboard explains the Acestral Puebloan culture that built the structure.
Length of Byway or Route120 miles
At the junction of US Highway 191 and Utah Highway 95, four miles south of Blanding, Utah turn west onto Utah Hwy. 95 and travel west and north to Natural Bridges National Monument, Mule Canyon Ruin, the junction with Utah Hwy. 261 which travels south to Mexican Hat and Monument Valley. Continue on U 95 as it goes west to the junction with U 261 which accesess Halls Crossing Marina at Lake Powell and the John Atlantic Burr Ferry. U 95 continue west to Hite Marina at Lake Powell, and on to Hanksville, Utah and the junction with U 24 which accesses Capitol Reef National Park.
Highlights and Key Points Along the Route
Natural Bridges National Monument, Mule Canyon Ruin, Salvation Knoll, access to Cedar Mesa.
ADA Accessibility Notes
Mule Canyon Ruin is ADA accessible.
Pet Friendly Notes
Pets are not regulated but 100 degrees Farenheit in summer months and below freezing temperature in the winter plus precipitous cliffs and seasonal quicksand preclude safely allowing pets to run free. Due to the sometimes harsh climate, care is recommended if traveling with pets.