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House on Fire

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The House on Fire is a ruin from the ancient pueblo people near Blanding, Utah. The red rock above gives the impression of a house on fire.


If you are coming from the north there are two ways to come. You can go through Moab and Blanding south along UT-191 and then west along UT-95.

You can also go south through Hanksville on UT-95.

From the south you can take UT-261 from Mexican Hat above Monument Valley. Then you will turn east along UT-95. The two buttes you can see in the distance here are the reason for the name Bears Ears National Monument, which is this area.

If you are coming from further east, you can take UT-191 North and then UT-95 West.

Regardless of the way, House of Fire begins at the Mule Canyon Trailhead. The last 0.3 miles of the road is an improved dirt road, but most cars won’t have trouble as long as the road is dry.

The trail will be down the small hill on the left (north) side of the road. Soon you will walk a path through grass.

After 5-7 minutes you arrive at a creek bed. For most of the rest of the hike, you can either walk in the bed or the along the path on the side. They both meet up many times. In the first picture my daughter is on the side path and my boys are walking in the creek bed.

Just shy of a mile in, you come around a corner and can see the side of House on Fire above you. Continue around the corner and you will see the path up.

The House on Fire got its name from the red rocks above it.

Most pictures of it are like the above one, but the ruins are actually bigger.

Here are a few more photos from the House on Fire trail.

Mule Canyon Intrepretive Ruins

While in the area, you can make a quick stop two minutes away at the Mule Canyon Interpretive Ruins. There are restrooms, a short paved path to an Ancient Pueblo Kiva.

Stats: Distance – 2.0 miles round trip
Approximate hiking time – 60-90 minutes
Elevation gain – 75 feet
Difficulty – moderate
Trail – well maintained trail of dirt and rocks
Bathrooms – At Trailhead
Seasons to hike – Year-round (micro-spikes in winter) 
Permits needed – None
Pets allowed – Yes (must be leashed and kept away from ruins)

Other places to check out are Wilson Arch, Hovenweep National Monument, Goosenecks State Park, Monument Valley, Mesa Verde National Park, and Canyonlands National Park.


We have so much beauty in Utah to explore! I love hiking and photography and can help you find your next favorite hike! All photos were taken by me!

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