Butler Wash, Wolfman Panel, Monarch Cave


3-4 Hours.  Departs at 9 am and 1 pm.

Meeting Place

Wild Expeditions - Bluff, Utah


$99/adult and $69/15 & Under
(10% discount for groups of 6+)

Butler wash anasazi ruin family



Spend half your day exploring ruins and rock art along Butler Wash near Bluff, Utah. Our expert guides will teach you about the Ancestral Puebloan culture and get you up close to several different sites. We will hike ~4 miles total. We will hike you up a canyon shaded by cottonwood trees to the Monarch Cave Ruin and another short hike to the Wolfman Panel. These are our favorite two sites in Butler Wash and there are many more! If you have particular sites you wish to get to give us a call.

Bears Ears Monarch Cave and Wolf Man Panel 1/2 day




Meet at Wild Expeditions 15 minutes before your departure time. You can fill your water bottles and your guide will answer any questions about the day. Trips leave at 9 am and again at 1 pm. Call for additional custom times if these do not fit your schedule. We’ll load up and 5 minutes out of town we are on the Butler Wash Road. Depending on road conditions we’ll be at our trailhead about 30 minutes from leaving our shop. We’ll take it easy hiking along the bottom of a shady canyon. This trail is mostly flat walking, but there are several short rocky and steep climbs. We believe everyone can do it and your guide will lend a hand to anyone in need. Hiking sticks are a good idea unless you’re a mountain goat. The trail ends at a large ruin site called Monarch Cave. Before hiking near the ruins your guide will talk about respecting the site and leaving all artifacts where they lay. We’ll get to see pictographs, artifacts and dwelling walls still standing since roughly 700 A.D. This is an outdoor museum and your guide will be taught as much as you want to hear.


After we’ve taken a break here and filled up those cameras with photos we’ll hike back along the same trail back to the vehicle. On the ride back to Bluff, we’ll stop off at another short hike to a large rock art panel called the Wolf Man Panel. This is a unique panel and doesn’t match many of the styles found in the region. Depending on the season we may reverse the orders of these two hikes.


If you choose to explore sites along Butler Wash on your please remember to respect the sites. Leave nothing but footprints and take nothing but photos. Don’t touch the ruins or the rock art and watch where you are walking. The Four Corners Region is the richest archaeological resource in the US and is in danger of being loved to death. Let’s all do our part to protect these areas for future generations and visit responsibly.


Meeting Place

Wild Expeditions

2625 South Highway 191

Bluff, Utah 84512


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