Double Granaries

Round Trip Distance: 0.25 miles
Difficulty: Easy
Elevation: 5028 - 5049 feet
Cellphone: 0-2 bars
Time: 30 mins.
Trailhead: MM 26.8
Fee: none
Attractions: Ancestral Puebloan granaries

The Double Granaries are located along Montezuma Creek between Blanding and Monticello, Utah. Two granaries can be found at the site with one of them having two doors so the name is kind of a double entendre. The site might more accurately be described as two granaries with one of them being a double granary. It is sort of a fun site no matter what you want to call it. There is also another ruin higher up on the cliff a couple hundred feet away.

There are multiple ways to get to the Double Granaries depending upon your direction of travel. If coming from the north you can turn off of US-191 5 miles south of Monticello onto the unmarked graveled Montezuma Creek Road, CR-187, and follow it south for 26.8 miles. According to Google Maps somewhere along the way CR-187 becomes CR-146. The ruins are about a quarter mile down a side road that branches off to the west from the main route.

An old corral can be found at the end of the road. The road actually loops on around and reconnects to the Montezuma Creek Road but the old corral makes for a good place to park.

The granaries are pretty easy to spot from below. They are built into a crevice of the cliff.

The hill leading up to the granaries has a lot of loose rocks but is easy enough to manage.

When we got close and noticed 3 separate doors it looked like there were 3 granaries.

After looking inside we discovered that the first one was actually one big granary with 2 doors.

Looking toward the south from the granaries you can spot the Three Kiva Pueblo. It is only a little more than a quarter mile away as the crow flies.

A few hundred feet north of the granaries and a little higher up the hill is another cliff dwelling that we didn't take the time to check out.

We would have liked to have had the time to explore more of this area to see what other interesting things we could find. A full day can be spent just visiting the easy to get to places. Primitive campsites can be found along Montezuma Creek for those that would like to spend more time in the area. Most of the land north of the Shamans Panel is private property but there is a lot of public land south of there. Be sure not to camp right at a ruin or petroglyph site and if the spot looks like it might be a trailhead then camp out of the way and leave room for others to park. There seems to be something unique enough about the Double Granaries to make them worth the time to visit. If you would like to see them for yourself then all you have to do is 'Take a hike'.