Reds Canyon and Hondoo Arch Drive

Green River, Utah

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This tour goes deep into the primitive and spectacular San Rafael Swell. It enters beautiful Reds Canyon and passes Tomsich Butte, Hondoo Arch and Temple Mountain. Historic Swasey Cabin (same family as Sid Swazey) is worth the short side trip, and there are spurs to explore as well. At the south end of the tour are some ancient, alienlike Barrier Canyon–style pictographs, an eerie style of pictograph thought to be thousands of years old, and the bizarre rock figures at Goblin Valley State Park. If you have the time, consider the optional visit to Little Wild Horse Canyon, where there is a popular canyon hiking trail and a road to Muddy Creek, through a varicolored moonscape of bentonite hills. Spring and fall are the best seasons to visit.
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by Tony Huegel (Wilderness Press)

This tour goes deep into the primitive and spectacular San Rafael Swell. It enters beautiful Reds Canyon and passes Tomsich Butte, Hondoo Arch and Temple Mountain. Historic Swasey Cabin (same family as Sid Swazey) is worth the short side trip, and there are spurs to explore as well.

At the south end of the tour are some ancient, alienlike Barrier Canyon–style pictographs, an eerie style of pictograph thought to be thousands of years old, and the bizarre rock figures at Goblin Valley State Park. If you have the time, consider the optional visit to Little Wild Horse Canyon, where there is a popular canyon hiking trail and a road to Muddy Creek, through a varicolored moonscape of bentonite hills. Spring and fall are the best seasons to visit.

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Activity Type: Mountain Biking, Off-Highway Drives
Nearby City: Green River
Distance: 90
Trail Type: Shuttle
Difficulty: Easy
Duration: 6 hours
Season: Best spring and fall
Local Contacts: BLM, Price Field Office; Goblin Valley State Park
Local Maps: DeLorme Utah Atlas and Gazeteer; Trails Illustrated No. 712 (San Rafael Swell); Recreational Map of Utah; Recreation Maps of the San Rafael Swell & San Rafael Desert
Driving Directions: Directions to Reds Canyon and Hondoo Arch Drive

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