Lower Butler Wash

Distance: 3.0 - 5.4 miles (round trip)

BLM, Monticello, Utah office, near Bluff in Southeast Utah

Closeup of the detail on the panel, note the fingers and toes of the pictured image

Closeup of the detail on the panel, note the fingers and toes of the pictured image

 

This short, moderately-easy hike leads to a stunning rock art panel along the north side of the San Juan River. (full description)

  • Distance: 3.0 miles (round trip) to Lower Butler Wash
  • Elevation: 4,480-ft. at Trailhead
    4,270-ft. at Lower Butler Wash
  • Elevation Gain: -210-ft. to Lower Butler Wash
  • Difficulty: easy-moderate
  • Basecamp: Bluff / Mexican Hat
  • Region: Southeast Utah

Why Hike Lower Butler Wash

This short, easy hike leads to an amazing rock art panel along north side of the San Juan River. After traveling through open desert on a dirt road the trail drops into Lower Butler Wash on an old wagon trail. Once in the wash the trail heads down canyon, passing a few small ruins and other minor rock art panels on its way to the river. The petroglyph panel, just to the east of the confluence of the Butler Wash and the San Juan River, includes hundreds of animal, plant, human and geometric images.

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Elevation Profile

Elevation Profile - Lower Butler Wash

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