During our journey to Natural Bridges National Monument, we stumbled upon the hidden gem of House on Fire -a Native American ruins site that we discovered with the help of a fellow traveler we met at Arches National Park. After arriving at the trailhead at Mule Canyon and signing in at the kiosk we began trekking through a stream bed. It was an easy hike of a little over a mile and was beautiful.
The trail wasn’t marked, you just had to keep your eyes open and scan the canyon walls as you went. The House on Fire ruins was on the right side as you made your way down the stream bed. We arrived at the ruins just in time to capture the stunning fire effect created by the morning light reflecting off the canyon walls. You can hike farther up the canyon to view more ruins. This was truly an unforgettable experience that we can’t wait to share with you
Nestled near Natural Bridges National Monument, the House on Fire Ruins stands as a testament to the ancient civilizations that once thrived in the area. This ancestral Puebloan site is aptly named for the visual illusion that occurs when sunlight hits the sandstone cliffs. It creates a spectacle resembling flames on the ceiling. The ruins, built into the alcove of a cliff, have withstood centuries of desert winds and erosion. The centuries-old construction, with its charred ceiling and timeworn walls, transports visitors to a different era. As sunlight changes the House on Fire Ruins it stands out in the ancient landscape