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Sphinx Rock Ruins/Uppermost White Canyon, UT

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HAZ reminds you to respect the ruins. Please read the Archaeological Resources Protection Act of 1979 & Ruins Etiquette
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Difficulty 2 of 5
Route Finding 1 of 5
Distance Round Trip 4.2 miles
Trailhead Elevation 6,220 feet
Elevation Gain -400 feet
Accumulated Gain 550 feet
Avg Time Round Trip 5 hours
Kokopelli Seeds 6.95
Interest Off-Trail Hiking, Ruins, Historic & Seasonal Creek
Backpack No
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Author nonot
author avatar Guides 93
Routes 236
Photos 2,001
Trips 479 map ( 4,543 miles )
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Location Phoenix, AZ
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Preferred   May, Oct, Sep, Apr → Early
Seasons   Late Spring to Late Autumn
Sun  4:59am - 7:45pm
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The park's dirty little secret
by nonot

An off trail hike in White Canyon inside Natural Bridges State Park

Do not do this hike if rain is predicted in the area. Also, minor bushwhacking will be encountered.

The area is rich in Anasazi ruins, please respect these sites and do not touch or otherwise approach them physically. Please admire them from a distance so they will be there with the same quality for the next generation.

Head down the Sipapu Bridge Trail, which is described by Rob already. After admiring the bridge, head upcanyon in White Canyon. This generally consists of walking along the streambed with occasional trails on the sandy banks on either side. Some bushwhacking will be encountered.

Within a mile you will see about a 5 structure dwelling in an undercut on the north side of the canyon. Admire them and continue hiking upcanyon. In another 1.5 miles you will reach Sphinx rock, distinctive in the way it is elevated in the middle of the canyon in a meander and vertically striped resembling the blue/gold stripes on Egyptian artifacts. To the north side is a massive Anasazi structure, including multiple dwellings and intact kivas. Respect the signs and chains the park service has put up and do not walk or touch these exquisitely preserved ruins.

If you are so inclined, continue hiking up White Canyon and possibly up Burch as well to find more artifacts and ruins of the Anasazi. You may find Kelsey's "Non-technical Canyon Hiking Guide to the Colorado Plateau" helpful if you do this, however I ran out of time. Statistics at the top are only to Sphinx Rock ruins and back.

Water Sources
Nothing you want to drink, bring plenty.

Not allowed in the canyon, though there is a campground area in the park, it was full upon my visit.

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2011-10-02 nonot
    WARNING! Hiking and outdoor related sports can be dangerous. Be responsible and prepare for the trip. Study the area you are entering and plan accordingly. Dress for the current and unexpected weather changes. Take plenty of water. Never go alone. Make an itinerary with your plan(s), route(s), destination(s) and expected return time. Give your itinerary to trusted family and/or friends.

    Permit $$

    Natural Bridges National Monument
    $6 per car (Good for 7 days) Entrance Fee

    Map Drive
    Paved - Car Okay

    To hike
    Access to Natural Bridges State Park is a 4 mile rd north from highway 95. Enter from highway 95 between highways 261 and 276. Note that highway 261 is not suitable for vehicles pulling boats or trailers.
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