The One That Got Away
Most people who travel Butler Wash Road are there to see ruins. Many of the canyons are hidden until well into the hike. Fishmouth is different. It screams, "Ruins " here, as you can see this gaping alcove from Butler Wash Road that appears as big as a football stadium. You think, certainly there must be ruins in there. But you'd be wrong. But even knowing that information you won't be able to resist the temptation to go look for yourself. Get your hiking gear together and you will be rewarded for your efforts.
The hike starts off on a sandy path and quickly enters a wash. Large cottonwood trees line the wash and offer ample shade. At just a quarter mile in on the hike take the right path up on the bench and you will be rewarded with your first set of ruins, note a handprint on the wall. Continuing on the trail you'll be rewarded with the second set of ruins at just 0.65 miles. These ruins are pretty extensive, with pottery sherds everywhere. Nice intact structures. The third set of ruins are at 1.1 miles and are also quite extensive. Nice structures. The previous ruins were all on the right but at 1.3 miles you'll find some ruins on the left. Take the footpath to the left and check it out. Not as impressive but ruins none the less.
At 1.48 miles on the left you'll also find a trail leading up to what appears to have been more ruins, but pretty much rubble at this point. From here the Fishmouth alcove looms ahead and above on the trail. It's a heck of a climb, but certainly there must be ruins up there. Wrong answer. Go ahead explore and return the way you came.
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