Horseshoe Canyon Trail

Hanksville, Utah

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Horseshoe Canyon contains what is probably the finest display of prehistoric Indian rock art in the United States. The famous Great Gallery, largest of several Horseshoe Canyon sites, is 200 feet long, 15 feet high, and contains dozens of intriguing red, brown, and white pictographs. The paintings are at least 2,000 years old, and possibly as old as 8,000 years. The descent into the canyon is made on a slickrock trail with rock cairns. Inside the canyon a vague trail winds along the bottom of the sandy wash. The canyon is quite hot in midsummer, so carry plenty of water.
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Utah's Incredible Backcountry Trails

by David Day (Rincon Publishing)

Horseshoe Canyon contains what is probably the finest display of prehistoric Indian rock art in the United States. The famous Great Gallery, largest of several Horseshoe Canyon sites, is 200 feet long, 15 feet high, and contains dozens of intriguing red, brown, and white pictographs. The paintings are at least 2,000 years old, and possibly as old as 8,000 years.

The descent into the canyon is made on a slickrock trail with rock cairns. Inside the canyon a vague trail winds along the bottom of the sandy wash. The canyon is quite hot in midsummer, so carry plenty of water.

©  David Day/Rincon Publishing. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Hanksville
Distance: 7.4
Elevation Gain: 540 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Duration: 4.25 hours
Season: Spring, summer, fall, winter
Trailhead Elevation: 5,340 feet
Top Elevation: 5,340 feet
Local Contacts: Hans Flat Ranger Station, Canyonlands National Park
Local Maps: Sugarloaf Butte (USGS)
Driving Directions: Directions to Horseshoe Canyon Trail

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