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DOG OWNERS BEWARE! This is an amazing trail for backpacking but I really regret bringing my dogs. There were some dogs on the trail that seemed to do okay but their paws must have been well conditioned for the desert (we live in Colorado and my dogs paws were only used to shaded mountain hiking). The slope into the canyon is a steep hike with a lot of rock scrambles and loose rock and getting my very athletic dog to the bottom was one of the most miserable experiences of my life. His pads were sliced up and bloody by the time we got down and it took a few days of rest and healing before he could stand up and make it out of the canyon.

Unless your dog is very used to these conditions or wearing booties I would recommend leaving the pups at home. Again some dogs out there appeared to be okay but if you're questioning how your dog will do I'd suggest leaving them behind or going somewhere else. But for humans........amazing and challenging hike!

Fantastic view with very few people. Not much shade, but easy access by car, with plenty of hiking options off the road.

Returned this summer and found it this time. Interesting for it be the sole petroglyph. Fun to see, need to do Sinbad, the pioneer cabin the same time.

Fun detour, must do the Lone warrior, Sinbad and the Durtchman arch to make it all worth while when there.

hiking
2 months ago

We approached the Henry range from the southeast on UT95. If you use your smartphone for mapping, ignore any route with "Granite" in it. We were in a 4WD and that route wasn't much better than a rock path. If you come from the SE, you will want to find Sawmill Basin Rd. Much better road. Also, the Lonesome Beaver campground looked very nice. The hike was nice. Quite exposed. We went all the way to Mt. Ellen Peak, which was very tiring on the return portion.

Holy Ghost panel alone is worth the hike

Crack canyon is such a unique slot canyon. Crack Canyon in the San Rafael Swell is such a fun diverse slot canyon.  It is so worth the drive down to Southern Utah to see it, but let me give you some hints to have a successful trip.

First, while you are at home, search for Crack Canyon Trailhead.  Then at the top left click on the 3 lines and go to offline maps.  Retype in Crack Canyon San Rafael Swell if it doesn't come up and download the map.  Do this for ANY and ALL areas you want to hike in the San Rafael, for when you get there you will not have any service, but if you have a downloaded map your mapping software will still work.  San Rafael is about 30 minutes southwest of Green River West of Goblin Valley State Park.  It is BLM land so there are lots of places to camp, there are some bathrooms in a few spots, and the roads while dirt are not bad dirt roads.  

Second, After you get to the trailhead make sure you save your parking spot.  The trail is super easy to follow and difficult to get lost while you are in the Slot Canyon, but from the Parking area to the start of the slot there are a few roads going different ways, so saving your parking area will help you get back that last little bit.

Third.  There are a few spots where they are a little tricky getting down.  Don't go down unless you can get back up.  There was a couple that got to one of the spots with the 2 logs and decided they could not get down or up that easily, but there was actually 2 other spots in that area that were easier to get down and up.  If you want to make it to the end of the trail, you might want to take a quick class on using a rope to get up and down a long 10-15 foot drops so you can get into the last 1/8 of the hike.    
 Fourth - of course take plenty of water!
For a cool 360 Sphere virtual hike and more cool pictures and videos you can check the link below.
https://shaunasadventures.blogspot.com/2018/06/360-adventure-crack-canyon-san-rafael.html?m=0

Awesome trail with spectacular views all around. The drive to the trail head is insane. You definitely need a truck or Jeep to get there - the road is known to pop tires so make sure to have a spare! The hike itself is slightly challenging but doesn’t take long to complete. Well worth the hassle of driving up there!

backpacking
2 months ago

We did the Crack Canyon to Chute canyon loop over 2 days/1 night over Memorial Day weekend. It was an amazing two days. While in the canyons (away from the trailhead) we didn’t see a single other person. Only a bit of scat from horses, what seemed to be cows, and possibly pronghorns (didn’t actually see any of these animals, though). Crack Canyon was really fun and rewarding - lots of great views, shade-providing and satisfying canyons, and a few more technical drops. We were 2 adults and a 40-lb dog and brought 4 gallons of water, which was exactly perfect for 2 days/1 night. We don’t have technical canyoneering experience and didn’t bring technical gear; just our backpacking packs and camping gear. There was one pool of water that was approximately 3 ft deep in Crack Canyon. We didn’t see a way around so waded through, which was fine and actually sort of refreshing. As stated in other reviews, the trail connecting Crack and Chute is very unreliable. I recommend reading all the descriptions on Summit Post and bringing a compass - GPS if you have one. We unfortunately got that point from 1-3 pm: it takes you above the canyon where there is no protection from the sun. We used the descriptions and headed southwest on trails as much as possible and eventually found the side wash. All told, the connection took us about 2 hours. We made camp in Chute Canyon under a tree, which was incredible. The walk out of Chute Canyon felt like an easy, well-deserved stroll after the previous day. The 2.5 miles on the road from the Chute TH to the Crack TH was a bit of a trudge, but took us less than an hour so no big deal. Would HIGHLY recommend this loop. It was amazing.

Stunning !!!! very challenging! have to go back

This isn't a trail; it's a road. That said it's one of my favorite places ever, but there are cool actual trails in the area. I'm not walking on a freaking dirt road and sucking 4x4 dust all day.

off road driving
5 months ago

We were able to drive all the way back to the highway and even under the highway bridge (tunnel), however soon after that the sand was deep, so we turned around as our vehicle was not high enough. As it was getting dark, we went back on the highway. From i70 west, we stopped on the shoulder and drove until we could see the arch. It is possible to see it from the highway if you know where to look.

off road driving
5 months ago

Absolutely stunning. Wow. National park beauty with absolutely no one around. Definitely worth the drive although let’s not make it too crowded!!

scenic driving
5 months ago

Absolutely amazing. National park quality view with absolutely no one else. Just stunning.

hiking
11 months ago

Great hike. Definitely had to work for it in August heat, but seeing the Great Gallery made it all worth it. Lots of other petroglyphs and very few people. Highly recommend.

scenic driving
Sunday, July 23, 2017

This drive was fantastic! The variety of rock formations, colors and vast scenery are well worth the drive. Roads are well maintained but we could see deeper tracks from when it was muddy. We traveled this trail to the wedge overlook which is highly recommended! There are several other sightseeing attractions along this road.

hiking
Saturday, July 22, 2017

This is a long scenic drive worth every minute! Scenery changes as you travel with many different colors. Tan and grey, Bright green and purple reds. Follow the sign to wedge overlook and then stay left. We took a wrong turn and ended up at a way station which has several well-done posters. Even got to see some cowboys herding the cattle scattered about on the plain. Just awesome! The ground finally gave way to a spectacular canyon that is indeed Grand and earns its name as the "little Grand Canyon".

Closed- website said open

off road driving
Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Tried to find, traveled the whole distance but the last mile or so. The roads from Sinbad to the lone warrior must be reclaimed. It does not exist as shown on the map. Hunted for it but could not find.

hiking
Tuesday, April 18, 2017

You can drive the road up to I-70 then must hike back unless you have a high clearance 4 wheel drive.
I hiked the trail but could not find Sinbad. Will return when I have more detailed info and try again. The instructions are not sufficient to lead to the rock art.

So beautiful. Always will be one of my favorite places in my childhood! Worth to go see!

We just make it this weekend, it's very beautiful and hard. The trailhead marked here actually is about 1.5-2 miles to the parking lot. And the road from freeway to parking lot is a bit tough, SUV is recommended, although I see several full size cars also make it, I won't try that. There are several good camping sites down in the canyon. We cannot make it to the Colorado river nor Young Canyon, it will take some time to look for the best trail, be prepared for that.

mountain biking
Sunday, October 23, 2016

Great intermediate bike trail! No climbing, not too steep and not too technical!

hiking
Sunday, September 18, 2016

Crack Canyon

hiking
Friday, August 05, 2016

First time in the Swell. Loved the views and loved the hike. I will be exploring this area.

hiking
Friday, July 29, 2016

gorgeous, huge canyon nicknamed "Little Grand Canyon". trail is flat and is right along the edge of the canyon rim. no shade. photographers dream canvas! went 3 times in 2 weeks with differeng people. had to share. very few know about it so you'll have it to yourself most likely.

hiking
Friday, July 29, 2016

Kinf of off the beaten path, but once you'tr here, you might as well slow down and make an afternoon of it. Interesting, but hot

I would say this was easier than moderate. My 7 and 4 year old boys did it without trouble as it was less than a mile round trip. They loved climbing the rocks at the end and thought the rock art was cool. Such a great little hike with a great reward at the end!

Sunday, July 10, 2016

good but hot

hiking
Sunday, June 19, 2016

Fun! Really beautiful! Really simple, could have used rope in a few places to climb down/up but not necessary.

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