Little Wild Horse Canyon Trail

Hanksville, Utah

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This dry, desert canyon hike follows the bottoms of two narrow slot canyons as they cut their way through the southeastern side of the San Rafael Reef. The hike begins by following Bell Canyon from the south to the north side of the reef, then returns through Little Wild Horse Canyon to the starting point. Both canyons have some impressive narrows, but the narrows in the last half of Little Wild Horse Canyon are especially noteworthy. In one section the canyon meanders along for well over a mile with the distance between the sides rarely exceeding five feet. Walking down Little Wild Horse Canyon often feels more like exploring a cave that hiking in the desert. Children seem to get a particular thrill out of walking in the narrow passages, and this relatively easy hike is a good one for a family outing.
Utah's Incredible Backcountry Trails

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Utah's Incredible Backcountry Trails

by David Day (Rincon Publishing)

This dry, desert canyon hike follows the bottoms of two narrow slot canyons as they cut their way through the southeastern side of the San Rafael Reef. The hike begins by following Bell Canyon from the south to the north side of the reef, then returns through Little Wild Horse Canyon to the starting point. Both canyons have some impressive narrows, but the narrows in the last half of Little Wild Horse Canyon are especially noteworthy.

In one section the canyon meanders along for well over a mile with the distance between the sides rarely exceeding five feet. Walking down Little Wild Horse Canyon often feels more like exploring a cave that hiking in the desert. Children seem to get a particular thrill out of walking in the narrow passages, and this relatively easy hike is a good one for a family outing.

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Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Hanksville
Distance: 8.6
Elevation Gain: 730 feet
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Duration: 5 hours
Season: Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter
Trailhead Elevation: 4,940 feet
Top Elevation: 5,670 feet
Local Contacts: San Rafael Resource Area, Bureau of Land Management, in Price
Local Maps: Little Wild Horse Mesa (USGS)
Driving Directions: Directions to Little Wild Horse Canyon Trail

Recent Trail Reviews

3/4/2006
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Little Wild Horse has the tight fun feel of many more technical slot canyons without the difficult access. This is a real jewel. A must do if you are in the San Rafael Swell, or Goblin Valley area!



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Apr 2018