Horse Canyon Drive

Moab, Utah

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Tower Ruins, a haunting reminder of the region’s Ancestral Puebloan (also referred to as Anasazi) heritage; Paul Bunyan’s Potty, a huge and aptly named hole eroded in a cliff sandstone; and Fortress and Castle arches. There are many ancient structures and rock-art sites here in the Salt Creek Archaeological District, listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Drive slowly and stop often to carefully scan the cliffs (bring binoculars). You can explore side canyons on foot to find them as well. Just don’t trample the fragile soil crust. This tour is best in spring and fall.
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by Tony Huegel (Wilderness Press)

Tower Ruins, a haunting reminder of the region’s Ancestral Puebloan (also referred to as Anasazi) heritage; Paul Bunyan’s Potty, a huge and aptly named hole eroded in a cliff sandstone; and Fortress and Castle arches.

There are many ancient structures and rock-art sites here in the Salt Creek Archaeological District, listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Drive slowly and stop often to carefully scan the cliffs (bring binoculars). You can explore side canyons on foot to find them as well. Just don’t trample the fragile soil crust. This tour is best in spring and fall.

©  Tony Huegel/Wilderness Press. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking, Off-Highway Drives
Nearby City: Moab
Distance: 21.2
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Difficulty: Moderate
Duration: 4 - 5 hours
Season: Best spring and fall
Local Contacts: Canyonlands National Park, Needles District
Local Maps: DeLorme Utah Atlas and Gazeteer; Trails Illustrated No. 210 (Needles & Islands in the Sky / Canyonlands National Park)
Driving Directions: Directions to Horse Canyon Drive

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