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Utah Bicentennial Scenic Byway 95

Scenic Byways or Routes
Mule Canyon Ruin along the Bicentennial Scenic Byway – S. Taylor

ADA Accessibility Notes

Mule Canyon Ruin is ADA accessible.

The Bicentennial Scenic Byway runs contiguously with the Trail of the Ancients National Scenic Byway for part of the route. It traverses a variety of ecosystems from desert to over 6,000 feet in elevation and includes pinion and juniper forest and desert canyons. Along the way it accesses Natural Bridges National Monument, Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, Grand Gulch Primitive Area, and a multitude of hiking and four wheeling canyons and mesas. Mule Canyon Ruin lies immediately adjacent to the road and is accessible to the physically challenged with a parking area which will accommodate motor homes and coaches, a pit toilet, and paved pathways to and around the ruin. A signboard is present at Mule Canyon which explains the Ancestral Puebloan culture responsible for the residence and tower.

The views along the byway include red rock canyons and cliffs, golden sandstone areas, forests, and broad sweeping views of the four corners region. The route is paved with passing lanes on the steeper hills. The beginning 10 miles of the rounte is a narrower two lane paved road requiring some caution on the turns with larger vehicles and trailers. The remainder is wide with passing and turning lanes.

Driving Directions

Leave Blanding on US Highway 191 and travel south to the junction with Utah Highway 95. Turn west and follow U95 (the Bicentennial Scenic Byway & Trail of the Ancients National Scenic Byway). Follow U95 to its terminus in the community of Hanksville, Utah.

Highlights and Key Points Along the Route

The route accesses Butler Wash Ruin, Grand Gulch Primitive Area, Natural Bridges National Monument, Mule Canyon Ruin, Utah Highway 261 which leads to Halls Crossing Marina at Lake Powell, Hite Marina at Lake Powell and recreation areas on the west side of Lake Powell. A number of off road routes are also accessible from the byway leading to desert and mountain recreation.

Length of Byway or Route

120 miles from Blanding to Hanksville, Utah

Pet Friendly Notes

Pets are not regulated but 100+ degrees Farenheit in summer months and below freezing temperatures in the winter plus precipitous cliffs and some winter icy conditions preclude safely allowing pets to run free. Care is recommended if traveling with pets. Carry enough water for you pet at all times of the year.

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