Fallen Roof


The ceiling of the alcove this ruins rests in gives it the name Fallen Roof. And indeed, some parts of the roof have fallen. It is one of the more iconic images from Bears Ears National Monument.


The Ancient Pueblo People, formally called the Anasazi, appeared in the archeology of Utah’s Bears Ears National Monument a thousand years ago. They were master builders, and they often built their buildings into the alcoves of canyon walls.

And, sometimes, far up from the floor, seemingly defying gravity. Their stonework is impressive even to this day. They built with care and precision, allowing many of the works to remain looking like they were just finished yesterday.

Although the buildings are withstanding the ravages of time, the canyons they are in are suffering the ravages of time. These small granaries, tucked into Road Canyon, were probably unremarkable when first built.

However, since part of the alcove’s roof has fallen, leaving a dramatic and impressive design in the new roof, that’s all changed. Add in some reflected light, and the ruin known as “Fallen Roof” takes on a mystery and magic all of its own.

The Ancient Pueblo People built to last. Even today it isn’t easy to see their ruins, so cleverly that they situated them into the natural surroundings. Getting to them is often another story entirely. Still, they serve as excellent reminders of the spirit of these proud people.

A Perfect Companion to Fallen Roof

Fiery House makes an excellent companion to Fiery House, and Valley Monuments is nearby.

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