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If a trail has been built across a site, stay on it. Climbing on roofs and walls can destroy in a moment what has lasted for hundreds of years. The structures were small, but mostly intact, and we could peer in the tiny doorways, check out the elaborate masonry, even see the remains of the wood poles that formed. This three-day route included not just imposing geological features such as Neville Arch, but flowing water and deep pools that belie the arid terrain of this desert. The expanse of blue sky and full exposure to the sun was in sharp contrast to our days in the canyons, where shadows prevail and the vistas are limited to. But the Bureau of Land Management, which oversees the Grand Gulch Primitive Area, has strict rules for backpackers to protect these ancient treasures. We saw not just the beauty of Utah's desert wilderness, but tantalizing signs of the long lost Anasazi culture. Rock art and structures dating from the Basketmaker and Pueblo cultures date back as far as 2,000 years. With a couple of days left before we were due back in Salt Lake, we decided to explore the canyon rims, camping for a few nights up high on the. Cedar Mesa, just west of Blanding, Utah, is a unique plateau of pinion and juniper covered high country that soars to more than 7,000 feet. It was one of the most dramatic and unexpected discoveries I've made in the backcountry. We camped on slick-rock benches above the canyon floor, and beside surprising, gurgling streams that run through the arid terrain. Beyond the confluence of the two canyons, the way broadens out to reveal groves of giant cottonwood trees and yet more evidence of the Pueblo people. Exploring the canyons of Cedar Mesa can reveal unexpected surprises both in terms of landscapes and artifacts. But Cedar Mesa is also home to the greatest concentration of ruins from the ancient Anasazi culture as well. A hike here can be a great way to kick off the backcountry season. This is perhaps the most interesting combination of rugged sandstone canyons and Pueblo people artifacts in the world. These  "ancient ones" comprise a people who for centuries called the place home before their civilization suddenly disappeared from the Mesa some 800 years ago. Cedar Hill ISD / CHISD Homepage scroll TOP Site Map. These cultures suddenly disappeared from Cedar Mesa approximately 800 years ago, leaving archeologists to ponder their sudden and mysterious departure. On my most recent trip, I chose the Fish and Owl loop in the hopes of a more solitary experience than Grand Gulch, but one with similar allure. But there's much more room to explore on Cedar Mesa, and routes that offer much more solitude. Our party was small, just Bob, a friend and inveterate canyon explorer from Salt Lake City, and me. This extraordinary loop not only reveals the broad canyon bottom of Grand Gulch itself, clearly suitable to agriculture, but many narow side canyons full or artifacts. Granaries (small food-storage structures rock art, and the remains of dwellings and even kivas (underground ceremonial structures the likes of which are still used today among Native groups such as. Permits are required for backcountry camping on the mesa. The entire Mesa is cut through by dozens of hidden canyons that slice deeply into the red-rock layer cake of the Colorado Plateau. Make your camp well away from ruins and rock art sites. Veteran hikers here soon turn their attention to less frequented areas such as Road Canyon, with its frankly unbelievable Seven Kiva Ruin,  or remote Todie Canyon, so steep it's not. After three days in the canyons, we clambered out of Fish Canyon-the last 10 feet actually required a few low-standard rock-climbing moves-into the bright sunshine of the rim.