Salt Creek / Horse Canyon

Moab, Utah

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This area is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Anasazi Indians inhabited this area for thousands of years, leaving ruins and abundant rock art. There are many arches in the area although hiking is often necessary to see them. One exception is Paul Bunyan’s Potty which has its own parking area and vault toilet. This trail requires a special permit. Even if you have reservations, you must pick up the permit and a combination to the locked gate at the visitor center. Salt Creek is closed to vehicles beyond Peekaboo Camp. You must hike 20 miles round trip to see Angel Arch. No permit is required to hike but one is required to camp overnight. No pets or firearms. Pack out all trash. Both trails follow stream beds which can reach unsafe levels during the spring and after heavy rains. Vehicles have been known to get buried up to their windshields, so stay out if heavy rains are predicted. Watch for quicksand and the possibility of flash floods. Sandy conditions may require airing down. Brush may touch sides of vehicle. Horse Canyon has one tight squeeze between a rock overhang and boulder and is very rocky the last quarter mile. Suitable for stock high-clearance vehicles under low-water conditions. Check trail conditions at visitor center before starting your trip. Route-finding is easy.
Guide to Moab, Utah Backroads & 4-Wheel Drive Trails

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Guide to Moab, Utah Backroads & 4-Wheel Drive Trails

by Charles A. Wells (FunTreks)

This area is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Anasazi Indians inhabited this area for thousands of years, leaving ruins and abundant rock art. There are many arches in the area although hiking is often necessary to see them. One exception is Paul Bunyan’s Potty which has its own parking area and vault toilet. This trail requires a special permit. Even if you have reservations, you must pick up the permit and a combination to the locked gate at the visitor center. Salt Creek is closed to vehicles beyond Peekaboo Camp. You must hike 20 miles round trip to see Angel Arch. No permit is required to hike but one is required to camp overnight. No pets or firearms. Pack out all trash.

Both trails follow stream beds which can reach unsafe levels during the spring and after heavy rains. Vehicles have been known to get buried up to their windshields, so stay out if heavy rains are predicted. Watch for quicksand and the possibility of flash floods. Sandy conditions may require airing down. Brush may touch sides of vehicle. Horse Canyon has one tight squeeze between a rock overhang and boulder and is very rocky the last quarter mile. Suitable for stock high-clearance vehicles under low-water conditions. Check trail conditions at visitor center before starting your trip. Route-finding is easy.

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Activity Type: Off-Highway Drives
Nearby City: Moab
Distance: 21.1
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Difficulty: Moderate
Duration: 3 to 4 hours or more
Season: Best in spring and fall
Local Contacts: Canyonlands National Park
Local Maps: USGS The Loop, Druid Arch, South Six-Shooter Peak; Trails Illustrated Canyonlands National Park #210
Driving Directions: Directions to Salt Creek / Horse Canyon

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