• Activities:

    Photography, Hiking

  • Skill Level:

    Intermediate

  • Season:

    Spring, Summer, Autumn

  • Trail Type:

    Out-and-Back

  • RT Distance:

    2 Miles

  • Elevation Gain:

    500 Feet

Scenic

Explore ancient Indian granary's and the top of a butte that provides great views of Canyonlands.

The Aztec Butte Trail is a two pronged out and back trail for a total of two miles. The trail is single track and easy to follow. After a third of a mile the trail splits. To the left, a trail takes you to the top of a small mesa. There is an informative sign marking the way. On the other side of this mesa is an ancient stone structure called a granary. Descend back to the trail split. The other prong of the trail takes you to the top of Aztec Mesa. This is a very steep hike up. When you reach the slick rock of Aztec Mesa, the trail is marked with cairns.  However, there are quite a few marking several different ways to ascend.  Pick the one you are most comfortable with. Once on top of the of the mesa there is a social trail that circles the top. Also around the top is another ancient structure. 

This is a very nice hike with great views of Taylor Canyon and the Island in the Sky prairie.

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Nice hike through Canyonlands. The star of the trail for me was the ancient corn granary built under the cliff face.

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