Cave Canyon Towers Ruin, Kachina Bridge to Horse Collar Ruin, and House on Fire (I)

Date:Mar 23, 2022Destination:Cave Canyon Towers Ruin, Kachina Bridge to Horse Collar Ruin, and House on Fire
Level:Intermediate (I)Area:Cedar Mesa, UT
Approx hike distance in miles:2 hikes - each 3 miles
1 hike - 1 mile
Hike leader:Greg Waterman
Jim Viere
Low to high elevation gain:460 - KachinaHike leader phone:716-998-9187-Greg
Accum elevation gain in feet:N/AHike leader
Departure from the parking lot:9:15 in Mule Canyon Ruins parking areaPlease arrive 10 minutes early to check in
Recommended gas donation:N/A
Unpaved miles:1 - House on FirePark entry fee per vehicle:See below
Road conditions:FairWebsite for reference info:N/A
High clearance vehicle req'd:NoTrailhead GPS coordinates:N/A


Maintained Trail:YesUneven Footing:Yes
Steep Side Drop-offs:NoSteep Trail:
Off Trail (scratchy):NoSlippery Trail Surfaces:Kachina
Use of Hands Required:Yes - ladderBoulder Hopping:No
Difficulty :Moderate - KachinaWater Crossings:No
Restrooms at Trailhead:YesGloves Required:No
This hike detail sheet has been updated since the original posting. The Intermediate hikes will see Cave Canyon Towers Ruin, Horse Collar Ruin and House on Fire. There are strict limits on the number of hikers allowed on each of these hikes of 12 to a group. The Intermediate hike has 2 leaders for a maximum of 24 hikers.
Cave Canyon Towers Ruin is a 1-mile easy hike to seven towers.
Kachina Bridge to Horse Collar Ruin is located in Natural Bridges National Monument. This is a moderate hike of 3 miles that descends to the canyon floor for great views of Kachina Bridge. Use of a ladder required. From there, follow the route to Horse Collar Ruin, a well-preserved ancestral Puebloan ruin. The fee to enter the Monument is $20/car or a National Parks/Senior Pass.
House on Fire Ruin is the most famous photographed ruin in the area. The 3-mile roundtrip hike is easy. There is a $5/per person backcountry fee payable at an unmanned kiosk for this hike.
This will be a full day of adventure! Bring plenty of water, snacks and lunch, and your hiking sticks. Bring layers, it may be cold. Cell phone service is limited in the area. There are toilets available at the trailhead and Visitors Center.
If you think you might be driving, please print and bring these directions with you.
  • Morning of the hike all Intermediate hikers will meet at the Mule Canyon Ruins parking lot.
  • From Blanding: Travel south on Hwy 191 to Rt 95 (just south of the Blanding airport).
  • From Bluff: Travel north on Hwy 191 to Rt 95 (approximately 22 miles).
  • Drive west on Rt 95 for approximately 19 miles just past mile marker 102. Turn right into parking area for Mule Canyon Indian Ruins.
  • Driving directions to the other ruins will be handed out the morning of the hikes.