Circle of Friends:
Citadel is one of my favorite Anasazi (sometimes called Ancient Pueblo
or Ancestral Pueblo) ruins. This is a no bullshit place equivalent to a
medieval European castle. The Citadel is an ancient fortress designed to wage war. The
approach is a tight and heavily defended walkway, which is guarded by a precipice to each
side. No uninvited guest is about to storm this stronghold.
Citadel is part of the "Circle of Friends"
program. Members of the "Circle of Friends"
have access to more specific information, explicit route information, GPS waypoints,
trailhead location and detailed maps. If you
would like more information on joining the "Circle of Friends" visit the sign
"Circle of Friends"
The Citadel ruins require a
short hike. Please take only pictures and leave only footprints. The Citadel is rated 2A
II using the Canyon Rating System. A good route description and a GPS are helpful. The
area is criss crossed with confusing roads and trails. Navigation for this route is
moderate. A BLM
Backcountry Permit is required to hike The Citadel.
take only pictures and leave only footprints.
A high clearance vehicle is advised for accessing this
You will encounter areas of
cryptobiotic crust along this route. Please avoid disturbing all cryptobiotic crust. Stay
on existing trails, walk in wash bottoms or on slickrock. Go out of your way, literally,
to avoid cryptobiotic soil. Cryptobiotic crust requires years of undisturbed growth before
it becomes visible as an irregular, blackish mat on the soil surface. A single footprint
by a careless hiker can destroy years of growth.