Wedge Overlook and Buckhorn Draw Drive

Castle Dale, Utah

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This tour (best enjoyed in spring or fall) goes through outstanding sandstone scenery in the San Rafael Swell, a massive blister in the Earth’s crust and one of Utah’s most dramatic geologic features. The Little Grand Canyon, viewed from the Wedge Overlook, ranks among Utah’s most spectacular sights. You also can see prehistoric roadside rock art and, if you take the full scenic loop around Jackass Benches, gaze down into the San Rafael River’s awesome Lower Black Box, an exceptionally narrow, dark gorge.
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Utah Byways

by Tony Huegel (Wilderness Press)

This tour (best enjoyed in spring or fall) goes through outstanding sandstone scenery in the San Rafael Swell, a massive blister in the Earth’s crust and one of Utah’s most dramatic geologic features.

The Little Grand Canyon, viewed from the Wedge Overlook, ranks among Utah’s most spectacular sights. You also can see prehistoric roadside rock art and, if you take the full scenic loop around Jackass Benches, gaze down into the San Rafael River’s awesome Lower Black Box, an exceptionally narrow, dark gorge.

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Activity Type: Hiking, Mountain Biking, Off-Highway Drives
Nearby City: Castle Dale
Distance: 98
Trail Type: Several options
Difficulty: Easy
Duration: Up to 1 day
Season: Best in spring and fall
Local Contacts: BLM, Price Field Office
Local Maps: DeLorme Utah Atlas and Gazeteer; Recreational Map of Utah; Recreation Map of the San Rafael Swell & San Rafael Desert; Trails Illustrated No. 712 (San Rafael Swell)
Driving Directions: Directions to Wedge Overlook and Buckhorn Draw Drive

Recent Trail Reviews

10/5/2007
1

Trails.com directions very complete and easy to follow. Graded gravel road is in good shape - could easily maintain 35 mph speed over it. Turnoff to Wedge Overlook is well marked. Storm was coming in from the southwest and wind was so strong that I had to hold on to my camera tripod to keep the wind from blowing it over. Departed Wedge Overlook so that I could get back to the paved road at Castle Dale before the rain reached to area.


9/10/2007
1

this is a very beautiful and large area! it is very desolate and well worth a trip to explore. i camped here for three days and did not have nowhere near enough time to see it all...from petroglyphs to canyons and senic mesas and mountains, there is something for everyone here!it is a couple of hours out of castle dale,utah{east centeral}and covers a vast area of senic wonder..i would highly recoment the san rafael swell area to anyone that enjoys the outdoors!



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