The ruins are situated at the end of Comb Ridge, a 65 mile long monocline that ends at the river. The cliffs formed by the break in the earth's crust rise as much as 1400 feet in places, but taper off near its end. This was the last great obstacle faced by the 1880 Mormon expedition to establish an outpost in this remote corner of Utah. Even at the lowest point of Comb Ridge, it was a formidable challenge and required a major effort on the part of the pioneers and their animals, some of which were killed or injured in the climb. The town of Bluff takes great pride in what their ancestors accomplished and have a truly wonderful museum that depicts the hardships they faced, as well as the lifestyle of the settlement afterward.
The part of Comb Ridge they were finally able to cross was named San Juan Hill.
I had read about additional rock art located about two miles east of the ruins, but the "road" ended at private property. I decided not to go there, although the couple from the pick-up truck joined me and said they had hiked to the Kachina Panel of petroglyphs. Still, I would have felt uncomfortable crossing private property, so I explored the area a little more, finding the remains of what was once several buildings of a trading post called "Rincone".