Horse Canyon Road

Canyonlands National Park - Needles District, Utah

Elevation Gain1,112ft
Trailhead Elevation5,236ft
Elevation Min/Max4988/5322ft
Elevation Start/End5236/5236ft

Horse Canyon Road

Horse Canyon Road is a hiking, biking, and horse trail in San Juan County, Utah. It is within Canyonlands National Park - Needles District. It is 6.9 miles long and begins at 5,236 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 13.8 miles with a total elevation gain of 1,112 feet. This trail connects with the following: Trail To Anchor Arch, Castle Arch Trail, Fortress Arch Trail, Thirteen Faces Trail, Trail To Gothic Arch and Salt Creek Canyon Trail.

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Canyonlands National Park: Favorite Jeep Roads & Hiking Trails (Rincon Publishing)
David Day
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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."
"Tower Ruins, a haunting reminder of the region’s Ancestral Puebloan (also referred to as Anasazi) heritage; Paul Bunyan’s Potty, a huge and aptly named hole eroded in a cliff sandstone; and Fortress and Castle arches. There are many ancient structures and rock-art sites here in the Salt Creek Archaeological District, listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Drive slowly and stop often to carefully scan the cliffs (bring binoculars). You can explore side canyons on foot to find them as well. Just don’t trample the fragile soil crust. This tour is best in spring and fall."

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Canyonlands National Park - Needles District
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Canyonlands National Park - Needles District
Canyonlands National Park, Needles District
Local Contacts
DeLorme Utah Atlas and Gazeteer; Trails Illustrated No. 210 (Needles & Islands in the Sky / Canyonlands National Park)
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