This page presents our personal notes on our visit to the Westwater Canyon Archaeological District in Utah.
We had a little difficulty locating the turn-off to Westwater Canyon. There were no signs along the highway indicating the road. Coming from Blanding (from the north) there is a truck driving school along the west (right) side of the highway. The paved road to Westwater Canyon runs off to the west just before the driving school. Shortly after turning you will pass the State of Utah Canyonlands Ute Center, which is on the north side of the road. Just after the Ute Center the road narrows, but is paved all the way.
Just follow the short road to its end and you’ll find a turn-around and places to park. The Westwater Ruins can be seen under an overhang across the road and across the canyon to the west. The GPS Coordinates for the parking area are 37 35.443N; 109 29.993W; at an elevation of 5,797 feet.
Back to the truck after exploring the Westwater Ruins. We found a spot in the cliff where you can drop down toward the south, where we found the ruins of another small pueblo under an alcove along the east side of the canyon. We made our way down through the trees, then crossed the stream, and climbed up through the trees on the other side. We entered the ruins along the south side of the alcove.
There are several kivas, storage rooms, and dwellings. There has been some stabilization work done to prevent a few of the walls from tumbling over. From the alcove we could see another storage room or small dwelling a bit farther to the north, again on the east side of the canyon.
We were the only ones there until we were ready to leave.
On the way back into Blanding, along the Westwater Canyon Road, we stopped to see the natural bridge. The small turn out at this location is at GPS Coordinates (NAD83): 37 35.811N; 109 29.881W.
Coming in from Blanding, along the road to the Westwater Canyon Ruins, you will come to a curve in the road, then a cattle guard. After you cross the cattle guard you will start down a shallow hill. There is a pullout along the right side of the road near the bottom of the hill. Look straight across the canyon (to the west) and you will see the small natural bridge. You may have to look closely, depending on the light and the time of day. It kind of blends in with the background.