Salt Creek and Horse Canyon OHV Trail

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Canyonlands National Park

Salt Creek and Horse Canyon OHV Trail is a 16 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Monticello, Utah that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round.

Length16.0 miElevation gain918 ftRoute typeOut & back
BackpackingCampingHikingOHV/Off-road drivingRiverViewsFeeNo dogs
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Canyonlands National Park charges a fee to enter. Fees are $30 per vehicle or $25 per motorcycle. If you are entering on foot or bike the fee is $15 per person. You can also purchase a park specific annual pass for $55. 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

None along the trail. Nearest reliable gas and food is in Monticello, UT (50 miles from the trailhead).

Utah Travel Council, Council Hall, P.O. Box 147420 , Salt Lake City, UT, 84114, Phone: 801-538-1030, travel@utah.com

Permit required for day and overnight use

Directions from Needles Visitor Center: Travel westward on the main park road and turn left at the first fork in the road. Drive approximately one half mile to another fork. Follow the left side of the fork to the Cave Spring Trailhead. From this point follow Salt Creek Road 3.5 miles to Peekaboo Camp. Vehicle access ends at Peekaboo Camp. A four-wheel drive vehicle is necessary from Cave Spring to Peekaboo Camp.

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ben smiley
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Robert Barton
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OHV/Off-road driving

Drove to Castle Arch trailhead, which is about as far as one could drive. Hiked to Castle and Fortress Arches. The main obstacle to driving is deep sand, which is present all along the route. I had no trouble in my 4Runner after airing down, but the ranger told me a Jeep got stuck a couple of days earlier. It was an amazing trip. My only regret was not having more time to explore.

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Breck Tuttle
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OHV/Off-road driving

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

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Cortni Larson
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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.

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Logan Aguilar
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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.

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jeff castor
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