Escalante Pueblo & Yucca House National Monument
Trip Start Aug 12, 2013
46Trip End Oct 02, 2013
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I headed for the Anasazi Heritage Center again today. I wanted to hike the trail to the Escalante Pueblo, which is next to the Center, yesterday but it was closed for maintenance so I went back to hike it today. The Escalante Pueblo isn't particularly interesting but it's at the top of a hill and you get a good view of the McPhee Reservoir.
I hiked back to my car and headed for the Yucca House National Monument. Yucca House is the site of an unexcavated Ancestral Puebloan village. It is down a long dirt road next to a farmer's driveway. It has been a national monument since 1919 but no interpretive features or facilities have been added.
I parked and walked over to where I thought I might find it. There was a fenced area and the fence had some NPS signs so I was pretty sure I was in the right spot. I didn't find a gate right away and wound up climbing over. I wandered around a while looking for signs of the ruins. I found a circular depression, lots of rocks that appeared out of place and a short section of a stone wall that was still standing. I also eventually found the gate I should have entered by. Judging by the logbook I signed, the site receives visitors less than daily. After about an hour of exploring I got back in my car and left. I wouldn't recommend visiting the site.
My car was still coated in mud so I went to a coin-operated car wash and to clean it up. I then headed for a restaurant in Cortez called Pepperhead. They serve Southwestern cuisine. I ordered a combination platter with a relleno (a stuffed, breaded and fried pepper) and two cheese enchiladas. It wasn't nearly as hot as I was hoping from a place called Pepperhead. After dinner I headed back to my hotel for the night.