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in the American Southwest

Montezuma Canyon

Getting There

Managed by the BLM, Montezuma Canyon is situated in San Juan County, Utah 13 miles east of Blanding. Heading south out of Blanding, turn east (right) onto Guyman Lane. Turn south (right) onto Perkins Road and continue on this road to the Montezuma Canyon road.

What You Can See

Not one of the more well known archaeological "zones", Montezuma Canyon is home to numerous sites dating from Basketmaker to PII, including some very well preserved rock art, roomblock rubble mounds, cliff dwellings and a restored kiva site: 3 Kiva Ruin, located along Road 146, in Montezuma Creek Canyon, north of the Hovenweep Road.

Tips for Your Visit

There are no officially established trails, campsites, or other facilities in Montezuma Canyon. For the most part, the dirt road is suitable for 2 wheel drive vehicles however, after a rain or snow storm that might not be the case. Remember, take plenty of water. Watch the weather and stay on the designated roads. .For more information on visiting archaeologically sensitive areas, see our visitor tips page.