Horseshoe Bend Professional Review and Guide
"If you chum around the mountain-biking circle in Vernal, you’ll learn that the Horseshoe Bend loop goes by several names; regardless, it’s a locals’ favorite. The loop takes you across the broken high desert west of town that announces the onset of the expansive Uinta Basin. But as you scurry off the treeless mesa on a roaring descent, you catch sight of a line of cottonwoods in the distance that can mean only one thing—water. Progressively, the Green River grows nearer; then you follow along the banks of northeastern Utah’s lifeblood. Miles away upstream on a stretch called the Gates of Ladore, the Green boils with foaming rapids.
Far downstream, the Green again tumbles through Desolation Canyon. But here, the river is rippleless and meanders on a circuitous course across broad tablelands, not through deep, confining canyons. A side spur takes you to the Notch where the river has doubled back on itself after making an 8-mile-long gooseneck around Horseshoe Bend. Towing memories of the Green River and of the fertile streamside pastures it nourishes, you surmount the terraced mesa to return to the trailhead."