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Moon House Ruin

Moon House is a remote undeveloped ruin in McLoyd Canyon southeast of the Kane Gulch Ranger Station. It is accessed by a strenuous three mile hike and is not for those who fear heights. Public access is limited to 20 people per day via a permit system for day visits. During the spring and fall high use seasons permits are available only at the Kane Gulch Ranger Station. Day, Week, and Annual Permit holders must get their permits validated for Moon House hikes at the Kane Gulch Ranger Station prior to their hike. During the off season, permits are available on a first come first serve basis at the trailhead. All commercial and private groups of eight or more must have an advance reservation, available from the Monticello Field Office permit desk. Maximum group size is 12. There is no overnight camping along the trail or at the ruin, and car camping is limited to designated primitive camps south of the Snow Flat Road. Pets are not allowed on the trail or at the ruin.

How to Get There

The Kane Gulch Ranger Station is located along Utah Highway 261 about four miles south of Highway 95, not far from Natural Bridges National Monument. The Snow Flat Road is another six miles south along Highway 261. The trailhead is about eight miles down this road and is marked by a kiosk. Two wheel drive vehicles can make the trip if they have good clearance. Avoid the Snow Flat Road during wet conditions.

Contact Information

For more information, contact BLM Monticello Field Office, 365 North Main, PO Box 7, Monticello, Utah 84535. Telephone: 435-587-1500.