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The Grand Gulch area consists of miles and miles of winding canyons, steep cliffs, clusters of ancient rock art and dwellings. It offers popular recreation, rich history, and desert beauty. The high number of Ancestral Puebloan cliff sites and rock art panels make the Grand Gulch a special area. They are currently in comparatively excellent condition, so treat the area with respect and care.

Key Attractions

The area is popular for hiking, backpacking, canyoneering, and exploring the ancient Ancestral Puebloan cliff ruins and rock art located in its deep canyons.

Key sites for ruins and rock art include:

  • Junction Ruin
  • Turkey Pen Ruin
  • Split Level Ruin
  • Big Man Rock Art Panel
  • Perfect Kiva Ruin
  • Bannister Ruin


Access to the area is from State Highway 95 (SR 95) between Blanding and Hite, or on SR 261 between SR 95 and Mexican Hat. The Kane Gulch Ranger Station is on SR 261 about four miles south of the junction with SR 95. The trailhead is located adjacent to the Kane Gulch Ranger Station which has a paved parking lot and restroom. Dirt roads lead to many trailheads at the heads of canyons and at the mouths of some canyons draining off the east side of the mesa into Comb Wash. Many of these roads can be recommended only for high clearance vehicles. Detailed maps showing road access are available at the offices of the BLM or the U.S. Forest Service in Monticello, at the Blanding Visitor Center, the Monticello Multi-Agency Visitor Center or the Moab Information Center, and at the Canyonlands Natural History Association.

Permits must be obtained at the ranger’s station, and can be obtained in advance, prior to entering the area.

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