Forgotten Canyon Ruins, or Defiance House, is a fun family-friendly hike that leads to petroglyphs, a pit house (dug partially in the ground), and the ruins of an old stone home. Prehistoric Puebloan Indians migrated seasonally throughout the area, but there are little remains in Glen Canyon aside from Defiance House, one of the best preserved dwellings. The ruins were named for a large pictograph of three warriors holding shields and weapons.
Address: Defiance House, Lake Powell, UT 84533
Note: Defiance House can only be accessed by boat.
- This hike is family friendly, but portions of the trail require some scrambling. The trek is roughly 2 miles roundtrip, but can vary based on water levels.
- Hikers need to cross through roughly 50 yards of knee-deep water to access the trailhead.
- Forgotten Canyon is accessed from Bullfrog Marina and can only be reached by boat.
- Be aware that the area is rugged and not maintained by the National Park Service. Hike at your own risk.
- There are no restrooms or drinking water facilities on this hike. Pack plenty of water and snacks!
- There are no fees or permits required to access Defiance House.
- The ruins are very fragile. Please do not sit, stand, or lean against any of the structures!