Circle of Friends:
Green Mask & Yellow House
Canyon is one of the less traveled tributaries of Grand Gulch. I also think it is one of
the better canyons because you usually have the canyon to yourself. Among the numerous
Anasazi ruins to be found in the canyon is the famous Green Mask ruins and pictographs.
This canyon also contains a really nice ruin known as Yellow House. Please take only pictures and leave only footprints.
Canyon 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"
Sheiks Canyon contains many
outstanding ruins for day hikers to explore, and provides excellent access into Grand
Gulch for those doing multi day backpack trips. Sheiks Canyon is rated 1A III using the
Canyon Rating System. Navigation for this route is moderate.
A good route
description, detailed map and a GPS are very helpful in navigating and locating ruins. All
the ruins and rock art I know of in Sheiks Canyon are correctly located on the detailed map supplied
to members of the Circle of Friends, these ruins range from a few scattered remnants to
outstandingly well preserved clandestine archeological finds that will dazzle you.
A BLM Backcountry Permit is required to hike Sheiks Canyon.
This trailhead is
accessible to all high clearance vehicles in good weather.
Bullet Canyon - Sheiks
combines well with Sheiks Canyon to create an outstanding loop hike.