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Little Wild Horse Canyon

What started as a casual invitation to go visit one of Utah’s most visited slot canyons, quickly became a unique adventure filled with beautiful sandstone lines.

Overview

  • Hike Name
    Little Wild Horse Canyon
  • Entrance Fees
    Free
  • Location
    San Rafael Swell - Utah
  • Mileage
    4.1 miles
  • Skill Level
    Family Friendly
  • Dogs Allowed?
    Yes

Directions

From Salt Lake (4 hours)

Proceed south on I-15 and take Spanish Fork Canyon east toward Price. At the I-70 intersection, take the west fork and follow the signs for Goblin Valley State Park. Less than a mile from the park entrance, turn left onto Wild Horse Road.The trailhead is located 5.5 miles down the road. For more detailed instructions, visit Google Maps.

From Las Vegas (6 hours)

Proceed north on I-15 until Sulphurdale where you’ll turn east onto I-70. Follow the signs for Goblin Valley State Park and turn left onto Wild Horse Road just before the park entrance. The trailhead is located 5.5 miles down the road. For more detailed instructions, visit Google Maps.

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Camping

With some advanced planning, you can find yourself camping in comfort at the Goblin Valley State Park just a few miles from the canyon.

However, approximately 3 miles before reaching the trailhead, you will begin to see dirt roads branch off of Wild Horse Road into BLM land. For a free and secluded night of camping, find your way along one of these rough “roads” to find a flat tent area with a fire pit that suits your needs.

Be advised that 4WD or AWD is recommended to reach these areas.

The San Rafael Swell area provides a great place to view the stars. In addition, the desert canyons and rock formations provide dramatic sunrise and sunset views.
Background

The Trail

The Little Wild Horse Canyon Trail is a 4.1-mile long, “out and back”, family friendly hike. The hike can, however, be extended to form an 8-mile loop by hooking into the Bell Canyon Trail.
Approximately half a mile into the hike it becomes clear why it is one of Utah’s most visited slot canyons, as the walls of the canyon rise dramatically and the trail narrows.

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