Leader: Dave Scudder (with Bill
Priedhorsky as primary trip planner)
Trip Participants: Los Alamos
Author: Jan Studebaker
Photo Gallerys: Jan
to view our Citadel Ruins Gallery. Click
HERE to view our Road Canyon Gallery.
We accessed the
Citadel, an almost perfect Anasazi ruin, by establishing a camp in
Road Canyon near Bluff, Utah. Dave Scudder was our able leader
and route finder for this great adventure. Llamas were used as
pack animals, and I was the head Llama tender. From the camp
we day hiked to several nearby areas including "The Citadel".
See our "Road Canyon Gallery" above for other photos from the trip.
but much appreciated!
"bridge" to Cedar Mesa from the Citadel.
The Citadel is at the top of what appears to be a tower from the
bottom of Road Canyon. It is actually connected to the nearby
mesa top via a "bridge" of rock. The Anasazi residents used
the bridge for defense from enemies who tried to access their food
stores and other valuables. Access from the bottom is all but
impossible; however, we did eventually find a convoluted 4th
class route to the ruins.
We were careful not to touch or disturb the potsherds and chipped
rock that we found lying about. This is a place the Rangers
will not tell you about, and it is not in any book that I know
about. Most visitors access the ruins from Cedar Mesa via dirt
road and a 1.5 mile cross country hike.