Wild Horse Escape

Hanksville, Utah 84734

Wild Horse Escape

Wild Horse Escape Professional Review and Guide

"To paraphrase and contradict the Rolling Stones, wild horses could drag you away—Wild Horse and Little Wild Horse Creeks, that is, the drainages you fly through and flirt with on this ride. The views are pretty enough to steal your heart, and the creeks could literally drag you away with raging waters if you happened through at precisely the wrong time. The 21-mile out-and-back (10.5 miles each way) is easy both aerobically and technically. For the most part you’ll pedal at moderate grades along a road of graded dirt, as well as through some splashes of dry wash sand. It’s a cruiser of a ride, conveniently beginning and ending at the camp-ground in Goblin Valley State Park.

This park, the residence of hundreds of comically eroded characters of Entrada Sandstone, is a place you definitely should visit if you’re anywhere in the vicinity. At the suggested turnaround, you’ll want to take a good, long look in every direction: The infinite vista encompasses the Capitol Reef, Thousand Lake Mountain, Boulder Top, Factory Butte, the Henry Mountains, and a lot more. If you’re feeling spunky, hoof it up onto adjacent Little Wild Horse Mesa for an even better look at your impressive surroundings. General location: 27 miles north of Hanksville, or 42 miles southwest of Green River."

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March through May; September through November
BLM Henry Mountains Field Station, 435-542-3461
Local Contacts
San Rafael Desert BLM metric map; DeLorme Utah Atlas & Gazetteer, page 29
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Jul 2018