Roadside Ruin Trail At Canyonlands National Park
The Roadside Ruin trail is located in the Needles District of Canyonlands National Park.
This 0.3 mile loop trail is perfect for the family, because not only is it short and easy it’s also educational.
At the beginning of the hike you can pick up a trail guide for a mere fifty cents. Along the trail there are a total of 10 numbered posts. Each of these posts represents a native plant (and one structure) that you can learn about in the trail guide. These plants were all instrumental in the daily lives of the early inhabitants of the surrounding area.
Marker #6 is the star of this trail. It is an Ancestral Puebloan granary tucked into a small alcove above the wash. We passed it at first, because it was on a tiny side trail so had to backtrack just a bit. Granaries such as this one were used to store corn, seed, nuts and grains. This particular one is still in great shape and should not be missed.