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Monarch Cave
It is believed that Monarch Cave was inhabited during the 12th and 13th Centuries. The main ruin is located in an alcove on a ledge 2/3 of the way up a small cliff face. It is classified as a Pueblo III site. Remnants of a smaller ruin are in the vicinity, please do not cross into this area. Two small trails lead to the ruin from both sides. Please watch your footing. The suggested (safest) approach is from the left side.

While this ruin looks nice, it is not very stable. The ruin is crumbling, so take care with your footing, and don't touch the walls and further de-stabilize the ruins. Some petroglyphs and pictographs are still present. There is a small stagnant cold pool directly below the main ruin. While the ruin is not visible until the last possible moment, it is worth the effort to see the site.

The American Exploring Expedition of 1892 explored this area. The name should be on the western cave wall.

Hiking time is approximately 1-2 hours roundtrip.

Please note, these ruins have NOT been stabilized. Please do not remove or rearrange any artifacts. Please do not climb on the walls.

Location: Monarch Cave is located in Southeastern Utah on Cedar Mesa. The ruins are part of Comb Ridge. The hike does require some basic route finding. The route and location are not signed.

Climate: This is high desert. Summer temperatures easily exceed 100 degrees Fahrenheit. Winter temperatures frequently go below freezing. Hikers should carry plenty of water and be prepared for conditions.

Other ruins are located in the vicinity.


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