Horseshoe Canyon

Green River, Utah

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Horseshoe Canyon is located in southeast Utah, in the western section of Canyonlands National Park, also called the Maze District, a more remote and much less visited region. The Green River divides the park into eastern and western sections; the western side is more difficult to reach. As you walk upstream around a bend, you’ll see the Holy Ghost pictograph looking down on you from the north wall. As you approach the site, you’ll see an increasing number of figures. In all more than fifty images cover a span of 300 feet. The best viewing time is when the panels are in the shade in the afternoon. The National Park Service (NPS) bills Horseshoe Canyon as possibly having the best pictographs in North America. Moving upcanyon, keep your eyes open for a panel of pictographs high up on the cliff face on the south side of the canyon. If you follow the cairns, you’re more likely to see the panel. If you stay in the creekbed, you may miss it.
100 Hikes in Utah

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100 Hikes in Utah

by Steve Mann & Rhett Olson (The Mountaineers Books)

Horseshoe Canyon is located in southeast Utah, in the western section of Canyonlands National Park, also called the Maze District, a more remote and much less visited region. The Green River divides the park into eastern and western sections; the western side is more difficult to reach. As you walk upstream around a bend, you’ll see the Holy Ghost pictograph looking down on you from the north wall. As you approach the site, you’ll see an increasing number of figures. In all more than fifty images cover a span of 300 feet. The best viewing time is when the panels are in the shade in the afternoon. The National Park Service (NPS) bills Horseshoe Canyon as possibly having the best pictographs in North America.

Moving upcanyon, keep your eyes open for a panel of pictographs high up on the cliff face on the south side of the canyon. If you follow the cairns, you’re more likely to see the panel. If you stay in the creekbed, you may miss it.

©  Steve Mann & Rhett Olson/The Mountaineers Books. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Green River
Distance: 6
Elevation Gain: 580 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Easy to Moderate
Duration: 3 to 6 hours
Season: September to May
Local Contacts: Canyonlands National Park, Hans Flat Ranger Station
Local Maps: USGS Sugarloaf Butte; Trails Illustrated Canyonlands National Park/ Glen Canyon National Recreation Area
Driving Directions: Directions to Horseshoe Canyon

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