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Visiting Horseshoe Canyon

Visiting Horseshoe Canyon

Posted in: Outdoor adventures, Travel on November 2, 2013.

Horseshoe Canyon is of the coolest places in Utah. The canyon is fun to hike, but what sets it apart from other natural wonders is the rock art. It has one of the most extensive collections of American Indian rock art in the state. We at the Lodge at Red River Ranch are very impressed by Horseshoe Canyon. We think you should check it out.

The trail is approximately 6 miles round-trip, and is considered moderately difficult. As you continue into the canyon you will come across various “galleries of rock” art. The best gallery in Horseshoe Canyon is called “The Great Gallery.” It has the most images per square foot, and includes many life-sized human figures.

During the tourist season (April-November) every Saturday and Sunday, there is a ranger-lead tour of Horseshoe Canyon. These start at 9 a.m. These tours are very informative.

Although technically part of Canyonlands National Park, Horseshoe Canyon is located between the towns of Green River and Hanksville. (It is actually easier to get to the canyon by passing through Capitol Reef National Park.) The turnoff is clearly marked on Highway 24. Take this exit and continue for 30 miles on a graded dirt road.

Camping is not permitted in Horseshoe Canyon. Camping is allowed at the trailhead and on BLM ground near the rim. A vault toilet is available at the trailhead. No other services are available.

If you have further questions about Horseshoe Canyon contact the Hans Flat Ranger Station at 435-259-2652. Or check out the nps.gov web site. We hope you get a chance to visit this amazing cultural destination.

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