Butler Wash Ruins

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See Some Pueblo III Anasazi Ruins Aug 16, 2017
A short distance after the construction, around mile marker 111 on Utah Highway 95, I saw a turnoff for the Butler Wash Ruins. It was a fairly short drive to the parking area, and a hike to the overlook which was described as "easy to strenuous depending on your medical condition". The Butler Wash Ruins, are in the “Upper Wash” which means north of highway 95 and were occupied from around 1200 AD to 1300 AD. The ruins show influences from the Kayenta and Mesa Verde cultures. Evidence from the area shows the Butler Wash area was occupied from 500 AD to around 1300 AD. The ruins are classified as Pueblo III Ruins which is the late Anasazi Period. The people who lived here hunted and raised corn, beans, and squash in the fertile soil of the narrow canyons nearby. It is believed the settlement was abandoned around 1300 AD due to a lowering of the water table making agriculture nearly impossible. The view of the ruins from the viewpoint across the canyon is fairly good; but you will need binoculars or a good camera to see any details. I think there is a way to get to the ruins but that is highly discouraged.

The last photo on this review shows the Fremont Cottonwoods growing on the canyon floor along the creek. The Anasazi made a lot of use of trees like these.
Butler Wash Ruins From the Viewpoi…
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german_eagle says:
Fascinating. Excellent zoom lens shots!
Posted on: Nov 17, 2017
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Hiking the Butler Wash Ruins Viewpoint Trail Aug 16, 2017
The 1/2 mile each way hike to the Butler Wash Ruins Overlook was described as "easy to strenuous depending on your medical condition". I found it about a moderate level, the day was hot and dry and there is some elevation. The trail begins along a dirt path which is flanked by various types of cacti and what is called “Biological Soils Crusts” which look like dirt but are actually small communities of various living organisms like algae, microfungi, lichens, mosses, and other things. They are important to prevent soil erosion so please stay on the trail and do not destroy the living organisms. There are a few benches along the trail should you need a rest. The last third of the trail is over bare slickrock; but there are concrete reinforced small stacks of rocks called “cairns” to help mark the way. Good thing to, as the route is not always that evident. There are no facilities here except a vault toilet so bring your own water and other supplies.
Butler Wash Trail Viewpoint Trail
Butler Wash Trail Viewpoint Trail
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Trail Over the Slickrock
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german_eagle says:
Looks like a really hot day ... trail seems doable, but it's a good thing there are "cairns" to mark the way!
Posted on: Nov 17, 2017

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