Horse and Salt Creek Canyons

Monticello, Utah

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Horse Canyon, a major tributary of Salt Creek Canyon, was probably named by the Milton family who ran horses in the canyon around 1930. There is no easy way out of the upper part of the canyon, and with a fence across the lower canyon it made a perfect enclosure. The Canyon was also important to the prehistoric Indians, and several archeological sites attest to their early habitation. Most of the ruins were built by the Anasazis, but there is also at least one panel of Fremont pictographs. Unlike Salt Creek Canyon there is now little water in Horse Canyon, but perhaps that was not the case 800 years ago when the Anasazis were growing their crops. Before 1998 it was possible to drive 4WD vehicles up Salt Creek Canyon all the way to Angel Arch, but in an effort to better preserve the canyon ecology the road has now been closed. Hikers are still permitted to use upper Salt Creek Canyon, but vehicles are now allowed only as far as the Peekaboo Camp. Campsites: The only established campsite in this area is the Peekaboo Camp, but camping elsewhere is not permitted. See Introduction for more information about camping regulations and reservations.
Canyonlands National Park: Favorite Jeep Roads & Hiking Trails

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Canyonlands National Park: Favorite Jeep Roads & Hiking Trails

by David Day (Rincon Publishing)

Horse Canyon, a major tributary of Salt Creek Canyon, was probably named by the Milton family who ran horses in the canyon around 1930. There is no easy way out of the upper part of the canyon, and with a fence across the lower canyon it made a perfect enclosure. The Canyon was also important to the prehistoric Indians, and several archeological sites attest to their early habitation. Most of the ruins were built by the Anasazis, but there is also at least one panel of Fremont pictographs. Unlike Salt Creek Canyon there is now little water in Horse Canyon, but perhaps that was not the case 800 years ago when the Anasazis were growing their crops. Before 1998 it was possible to drive 4WD vehicles up Salt Creek Canyon all the way to Angel Arch, but in an effort to better preserve the canyon ecology the road has now been closed.

Hikers are still permitted to use upper Salt Creek Canyon, but vehicles are now allowed only as far as the Peekaboo Camp. Campsites: The only established campsite in this area is the Peekaboo Camp, but camping elsewhere is not permitted. See Introduction for more information about camping regulations and reservations.

©  David Day/Rincon Publishing. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Off-Highway Drives
Nearby City: Monticello
Distance: 20.2
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Difficulty: Difficult
Duration: 1-day jeep ride
Season: Year-round, best spring and fall
Local Contacts: Canyonlands National Park
Local Maps: USGS The Loop, Druid Arch, North Six-Shooter Peak, South Six-Shooter Peak
Driving Directions: Directions to Horse and Salt Creek Canyons

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