Salt Creek and Horse Canyon

HARD 3 reviews
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Salt Creek and Horse Canyon is a 16 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Canyonlands, Utah that features a river and is only recommended for very experienced adventurers. The trail is primarily used for hiking, camping, off road driving, and backpacking and is accessible year-round.

16.0 miles
918 feet
Out & Back




off road driving



no dogs

From the gate at Cave Spring, hikers follow Salt Creek Canyon for 2.5 miles before reaching Horse Canyon. Horse Canyon is typically very dry, and the deep sand of the wash bottom makes for slow hiking. A four-wheel-drive road extends up the canyon as far as Fortress Arch, so hikers may see vehicles. There are several arches and numerous side canyons to explore. Access to Paul Bunyan's potty, Tower Ruin, Castle Arch and Fortress Arch

off road driving
Saturday, August 24, 2013

4-wheeled and motorcycled this trail prior to the closer for hiking only. Tried to hike to the All American man but ran out of energy and time. Sure which that I got to see it. Angel arch is amazing

Friday, June 28, 2013

Back in March, backpacked down to campsite SC3. Freakin rough trip, but extremely worth it. Four Faces pictograph is down there, as well as other pictographs that are category 2. Can't wait to go back, but maybe at a later time because there was ice in the tent when we woke up.

Tuesday, August 02, 2011

Yea i backpacked through the upper salt creek trail to angel arch. It was agreat time, but probabley on of the hardest hikes ever experinced.