Explore the most popular Bird Watching trails near Green River with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

hiking
29 days ago

Great Canyon if you’re looking for a little bit more of a challenge compared to little wild horse that’s not far from Goblin Valley.

hiking
3 months ago

We went in Sept. 2018. If you aren't familiar with finding unmarked hikes, download the GPS map when you are in an area you get cell signal. There is no cell signal in this area. In fact, you'll probably only get signal in Hanksville or Green River, both some distance away. I have a recording under the recording section. The straight line you see in my recording is the drive from the paved road to the unmarked trail head. This drive is a dirt road, but short and manageable by many types of vehicles. Do bring a hat, sunscreen, plenty of water and snacks. When we went, there was only one other couple on the trail, so when we got to the window, we had it all to ourselves. As it was getting dark, we only stayed about 20 minutes. I'd go there again! it's a nice little walk with amazing views.

This is a fantastic little hike. There is mention no actual trail to follow and that is correct. There are not many cairns either so it’s helpful to know that once you park, go over the little hill through the wash, and go due WEST. A compass is necessary. Just follow it west through the wash and you’ll be fine.

Just a stroll around the campgrounds at the base of wonderful cliffs.

hiking
5 months ago

Hiked early in the morning when the sun was just coming up. The orange sunrise really lite up rock and was beautiful

Relatively easy hike. Great preservation.

Not really a specific trail, but you can easily get to the window. A very neat hike that is completely exposed to the elements, so bring plenty of water. Would definitely recommend if you have an hour to take a short hike.

6 months ago

Did this trail on the 9th of September. Temps midday were still in the 90s. Not the easiest hike to get to. You have to take a 4 mile long dirt road that it very rough in some places but worth the trip. I was the only one on this trail very secluded and remote. If your looking to get away from it all this is the one. Trail has nice views through the first part of it but once you reach the narrows it becomes this alien world. Water has cut thousands of holes in the sides of the canyon. Didn't make it all the way to the end because of storm clouds near by, didn't want to risk it. I will be going back to finish this one. Loved it.

hiking
7 months ago

Nice easy hike through some very pretty narrows. The third section of slot was filled with waist-deep water, so we turned around. I think it would have been passable except we had small children with us and changes of clothes.

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

Great trail!

backpacking
9 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.

backpacking
9 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.

hiking
10 months ago

It’s a bit of a drive to get to the trailhead, but well worth the effort. You’ll pass the trailhead (sign) for the Crack Canyon hike first, then about 2 miles later come to a small parking area and trailhead signs for Chute Canyon as well as the Behind the Reef Trail. Do recommend at least a high clearance vehicle, the dirt road is rough in some areas.

To start the Chute Canyon trail, walk a short distance down the road and enter the wash on your right, then just follow the wash. We hiked about 5 miles down the wash, and around 4.5 miles down you’ll see a sign on your right that has a small sign attached indicating that you can get to Crack Canyon by going 2 miles to the left. We just continued down the wash for a bit and saw some pronghorn. Didn’t make it to the end, but loved the hike. Towering canyon walls all around.

Didn’t see anyone else on the trail, but did see “evidence” of horses ;-)

hiking
10 months ago

Special place, short modest hike, easy to find the way back, destination is a special and unique scenic area with Indian art as a bonus. It is a must when near Goblin State Park. I would rate it very doable for most kids.

hiking
11 months ago

This is an easy out and back hike. This is not a slot canyon per se, but it does get fairly narrow in sections. Beautiful scenery. Encountered only 5 people on horseback during the hike.

hiking
11 months ago

A great little hike for the whole family !

hiking
Saturday, March 03, 2018

A little difficult to find the “path”. But we made our own.

It was so beautiful and the “Window” was unlike anything I’ve ever seen!

hiking
Sunday, February 18, 2018

Absolutely beautiful hike that is worth it at the end. Beware though - the trail is really hard to find, nonexistent if anything and I got lost in the swell at least 2-3 times making this more of a "moderate to difficult" hike versus "easy" on the way back I found the "easy" route that I'd classify as more "moderate" due to having to scramble in a few places.

I hiked with my lab (large dog, about 70lbs) that I had to help on/off steep places so I'd recommend the dog wearing a harness if you bring them. Lots of little pools of water in the swell for her to jump in and cool off for a drink.

The trailhead is also kind of hard to find, there's lots of "unsigned dirt roads" in this area, so just follow google maps and try to find the one that heads closest to the gps coordinates. Also not much cell service so have the coordinates keyed up before you lose signal.

hiking
Thursday, July 13, 2017

Absolutely worth the hike! The cave is secluded and provides a gorgeous rest stop. Definitely a challenge to follow the trail, though. Get a good idea of where you're going when you start out otherwise you'll lose sight of the cave and get confused in the swell. I'd recommend this to anyone!

Monday, June 26, 2017

Couldn't even find the hike. We tried for a half hour and had To stop cause it got to dark. Wish we could have found it and that the trails were better marked in the whole area!!!

hiking
Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Super cool hike with pictographs and a massive pour off.

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.

hiking
Sunday, February 26, 2017

Pretty good trail. well marked until paint ends before getting to dino tracks. not exciting but our dogs really enjoyed it.

hiking
Wednesday, October 05, 2016

Went hiking with our dog on the Mega Steps trail, (2.7m) with beautiful scenery towards the end of that trail, then looped back the Baby Steps Trail (1m), then the Dino Flow Trail (1m). All trails are very clearly marked. There are many other trails, primarily for biking but also great to hike. Parked our 31ft Class C on the main parking lot and walked a short biking trail about 0.7m towards the start of the Mega steps trail. Amazing biking and hiking trails.

hiking
Sunday, September 18, 2016

Crack Canyon

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.

hiking
Friday, June 03, 2016

Good hike. Not much for scenery.

hiking
Saturday, March 26, 2016

My 5 year old daughter did this hike easily, and enjoyed visiting the dinosaur tracks.

horseback riding
Saturday, November 14, 2015

This is a spectacular canyon that I rode on horseback last February. Many fun river crossings, especially bounding up the banks on the other side on horseback! Beautiful red rock walls, pictographs along the way, great variety of beautiful desert scenery. Kane Wash is another great ride in the area where you can do some fun galloping on horseback. We spent three days with a base camp on the river and had great rides and a great time. I would like to float someday in May or June or backpack and stop at Virgin Springs Canyon for some exploring.

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