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Horseshoe Canyon Trail

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Horseshoe Canyon Trail is a 7 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Hanksville, Utah that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking and bird watching and is best used from March until November.

Distance: 7.0 miles Elevation Gain: 1,387 feet Route Type: Out & Back

hiking

bird watching

wild flowers

wildlife

historic site

no dogs

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5 days ago

Spectacular scenery amazing views. Hard to get location long drive. Quiet wilderness location. Excellent ancient native art. . Beware this is really an 8.5 mile out and back hike according to our GPS and verified by the volunteer docent at the Great Gallery. Trail in canyon is very sandy so it feels more like a 10+ mile hike Still glad we did it.

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4 months ago

A great 4ish hour hike. Not very strenuous even on the way back up to the parking lot at the end. The rock art, especially at the great gallery, is awesome. If you start early in the morning the canyon walls will provide shade for most of the the hike.

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4 months ago

Loved this hike! Did it in mid-May which was perfect, not too hot and cloudy towards the end of the hike. Not to mention the abundance of wildflowers providing lots of bursts of color along the trail. For myself, the most difficult part was walking through the deep sandy parts in the wash, which is most of the hike. The initial climb down into the canyon is also a lot more difficult at the end of the hike when you have to ascend back up to the parking lot. However just the Grand Gallery itself is worth the time and effort; it’s the most incredible example of southwest rock art I have seen yet.

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5 months ago

Incredible rock art. Easier than expected... some loose sand but a lot of hard pack. Walked down and jogged back.

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Thursday, October 11, 2018

By far, one of the most amazing experiences I have ever had. The drive to the trailhead was about 3 hours from Moab, with the last 30 miles on dirt road. Due to heavy rains the previous 3 days, spots were very muddy but passable with an AWD crossover vehicle. I would highly recommend contacting the Hans Flat ranger station for road conditions. If wet, you will not make the trailhead in a two wheel drive, low clearance vehicle. It took us well over an hour to cover the 30 miles, but in a decent 4WD, you should be able to cut that time a bit. Also note, there were about 3 spots where the sand blows across the road and dunes build up and get deep. So again, check with the ranger for road conditions. Once we made the trailhead, we lucked out when we met a NPS Volunteer who had been holed up in his camp for the previous few days due to rain. He was eager to hike in with us, and we ended up with a guided tour through the canyon to the Great Gallery. He was had a wealth of knowledge of the history of the panels, canyon, and geography. The hike itself is not very difficult, and even with the river running it was still fairly easy to find you way. There are a few spots where there are additional smaller pictographs, petroglyphs, and dinosaur tracks to spot. We didn't follow our notes since we had an impromptu guide, but reviewing them later they are pretty accurate. The pictograph panels along the way were almost a teaser to what laid waiting at the Great Gallery. What you will see there is beyond words for me. We only saw two other folks out there that day enjoying the great weather just below the trailhead. This is definitely a hike and an experience I will never forget!

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Friday, August 24, 2018

The pictographs were amazing and worth every step!

Sunday, August 19, 2018

This trail was incredible. I braved the unpaved road before sunrise to beat the heat (and watch the sunrise over Canyonlands...stunning!!) Getting in and really, out, is a bit challenging especially in August so bring plenty of water and seriously go early in the day. The trail along the wash is nice and shady, there are amazing views of the rock art and if you’re lucky, some visits from the local deer and wild burros (and speaking of the burros...beware the excessive amounts of dung that these invasive species are leaving along the trail!) It’s definitely a schlep from Moab but 100% worth it and totally doable as a day trip if you’re in the area.

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Remote and gorgeous! I would say intermediate rather than difficult/hard. Although the last mile back out was steep! I would definitely hike this again!

Monday, March 26, 2018

I am giving this 4 stars, but only to create this post. Be forewarned, the gravel access road is susceptible to sand dunes on windy days. You should assume you need a high clearance four-wheel drive or you may not get through. We were driving an AWD Honda CRV and had to turn around after 20 miles. There are signs warning of this, just know it could be true! The dunes are cleared with a road grader, so it can be a matter of timing.

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Sunday, March 12, 2017

Dogs are not allowed on this trail. It is managed by the National Park Service.

Monday, June 13, 2016

This was a cool little trail with awesome, historic pictographs! I'd say total this hike was about 8 miles, not 6. The trailhead says 7, but someone scratched in 8-8.5 which I found to be more accurate. The bottom of the canyon is all sand which can get pretty tiresome to walk through so be ready for that. 4 panels of pictographs total and you have to go to the great gallery at the end because it's amazing! Cute little antelope squirrel at the end too trying to steal your food so beware! The climb out of the canyon is about 800 feet and it's not too awful if you just bust it out! Get out there early to beat the heat!

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Sunday, March 22, 2015

Off the beaten path and you might be the only one out in the canyon but the trek is well worth it. Plan for no cell phone reception and a 29 mile dirt road trek to the trailhead. Once there the trail drops down into the canyon. Once at the bottom of the canyon, about a 800 foot descent, hang a right and follow the cairns on the path. There are 4 different rock wall paintings not to be missed. The payoff comes after about 3 miles when you reach The Great Gallery. Sit, enjoy, and soak in the peaceful, quiet setting with spectacular rock art. The Great Gallery art has been featured on many Nat Geo shows, movies, etc. great hike, not technical but prepare accordingly as you might be the only one out there!

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