Grand Gulch
via Collins Canyon
 
  The Banister Ruin, an Ancestral Pueblo cliff dwelling built between A.D. 1060 and 1270, is one of the more prominent cliff dwellings in Grand Gulch. Hikers with a sharp eye can discover many other ruins, petroglyphs and pictographs in the area, especially if they get off the trail.

 
 

The wooden "railing" in the upper part of
this cliff dwelling led to its name, the
Banister Ruin. The smaller structure
at the bottom of the photo is a kiva.






These pictographs, located downstream from the Banister
Ruin, off the trail just a bit, are striking not for their design but for
their size. Each image is no bigger than the palm of your hand.





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