River House Ruins

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Easy

Out & Back

No width limit

Dirt Trail

Sand Trail

Single Track

50" Vehicle

S x S

Full Size

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With Blanding as a base camp, there are: 6 motels, a handful of Airbnb stops, 2 RV parks, a campground, 8 dining options, 2 Grocery stores and 4 Gas Stations. Additional amenities can found down the road 26 miles in Bluff.
This trail is open to all types of off road vehicles. They should all be high clearance to get over the rocky section of road with a respectable drop off.
Some Sand, slick rock and compacted desert dirt.
While there are not many route marker signs there are few options along the route to get very lost. There are interpretive signs at Navajo Springs and at the River House Ruins.
Closest Medical Facilities Blue Mountain Hospital (435) 678-3993
Utah Highway Patrol Dial 9-1-1
Bureau of Land Management: (435) 587-1500
San Juan County Sheriff: (435) 587-2237
River House Ruins is the objective of this 12 mile excursion down Comb Ridge to the shores of the San Juan River. The trail head lies 33 miles southwest of Blanding Utah on Highway 163. River House is the remnants of an Anasazi Community perched along the walls of the formation known as the Rincone. The well preserved ancient Puebloan village sits about half way between where the junction of Comb Ridge converges with the San Juan River and where the route ends near the Kachina Petroglyph panel. The route is primarily easy for a standard Side by Side and requires no special build out. But there are some rock formations that must be traversed along the route which might spin a tire or two and the way over them.

The trailhead is 26 miles from Blanding and starts near Navajo Springs. There are ample pull outs to unload after you exit Highway 163 at county road 235. The route generally works its way south along Comb Ridge (which when looking at it from the air is pretty self-explanatory). At the convergence of the San Juan it heads back to the north.
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