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"House on Fire" is the official name of this ancient Anasazi dwelling/granary deep in Utah's backcountry. The ruins in Mule Canyon are said to be over 800 years old and never restored in any way. I refuse to post the exact location of this precious national treasure publicly (even though quite a few images swirl around the interwebz with exact descriptions). If you decide to find it on your own, I'd ask to proceed with the utmost respect and care. Please take only pictures and leave only footprints.

The Anasazi (Navajo for "Ancient Ones") inhabited the "Four Corners", where the states of Utah, Colorado, New Mexico and Arizona meet, from about A.D. 200 to A.D. 1300, leaving a heavy accumulation of ruins, pottery and petroglyphs. Dwellings and granaries, like House on Fire, were usually built high in the canyon walls of the red Utah sandstone to prevent mountain lions and other predators from reaching the place. On the way to the dwelling, along a creek, there were several fresh mountain lion tracks to be found, leaving a bitter remark about our place in nature.

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