Saturday, December 12, 2015

Butler Wash Indian Ruins, UT

Sometimes when you're traveling across an unfamiliar state or country, you constantly rely and refer to your trusty guide book for suggestions and ideas. Thanks to the Lonely Planet's "Southwest USA" guide book riding shotgun in the front seat of my rental car, I found a hidden gem on my way to Capitol Reef National Park. I took a slight detour while cruising down Utah's insanely-epic I95 scenic highway to check out a collection of Indian ruins on my long drive from Monument Valley that straddles the Utah/Arizona border. Keep your eyes peeled for mile marker 110.9 and you'll see signs for the pull-off. It's believed these well-preserved dwellings, about a five minute easy hike from the parking area, were home to the Anasazi Indians about 700 years ago up until just shy of 1300 AD. Buried deep into the cave walls is a almost a little city with grainery and food storage rooms and four kivas, or large underground rooms for ceremonies. After a recent rain, a cascading waterfall fell deep into the lush vegetation and tree-filled floor below. These dwellings are super cool and absolutely worth the stop, do it.