Mario Dennis Photography

The traveler sees what he sees, the tourist sees what he has come to see. G.K. Chesterton

Photographing the House on Fire in Mule Canyon, Utah

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The House on Fire

The House on Fire ruin is another “must-shoot” site in Utah. The ruin is about 25 miles from Blanding. To find it, if you’re driving from the east on Highway 95 it’s the next right after mile marker 102; or N37° 32′ 38”, W109° 44′ 41”.

After paying your fee and parking in the small lot, you’ll hike west about 30 minutes down a wash. It was dry in December; I assume it runs during the wetter seasons. The pathway is marked with cairns and footprints. As long as you stay in the wash, it’s impossible to get lost. You can even hear traffic on the highway.

The ruin will be on your right and is best shot mid-morning or later. When I was there in December it was overcast; however there was enough light reflected off the base rock that I was able to capture the image above (with a little help from Lightroom).

I chose not to enter the ruins, but rather enjoyed them while seated on the slickrock base, and I encourage you to do the same to preserve their physical and spiritual integrity.

Author: Mario Dennis

I am a long-time photo hobbyist, and picked up my first camera (my mother's box camera) when I was in elementary school. I enjoy photographing landscapes, especially in California and the Southwest, including the Four Corners region of Arizona, Utah, New Mexico and Colorado. I also enjoy photographing historical reenactments, powwows, and local events. My favorite events are powwows, which are held throughout the warmer months in Virginia and the surrounding area. I am an organizer with the Richmond Photography Meetup Group. Please join us if you live in Central Virginia. I am also a moderator for the Lightroom Help Group on Facebook, and if you're a Lightroom user and Facebook member, you should check us out. All images © 2008-2017 Mario Dennis

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