Horseshoe Bend

Vernal, Utah 84079

Horseshoe Bend

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."

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Trail Information

Nearby City
900 feet
Elevation Gain
Trail Type
Easy to Difficult
Technical Difficulty
Physical Difficulty
March to June, and September to November
5,280 feet
Trailhead Elevation
Top Elevation
Bureau of Land Management, Vernal Field Office, 435-781-4400
Local Contacts
USGS: Vernal SE
Local Maps