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Wildhorse Canyon, UT

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Difficulty 2.5 of 5
Route Finding 2 of 5
Distance Round Trip 9 miles
Trailhead Elevation 5,550 feet
Elevation Gain 500 feet
Avg Time Round Trip 5 hours
Kokopelli Seeds 11.5
Interest Ruins
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Author AZLOT69
author avatar Guides 175
Routes 247
Photos 7,919
Trips 1,921 map ( 16,203 miles )
Age 70 Male Gender
Location Gold Canyon, AZ
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Preferred   Oct, Apr, May, Mar → 8 AM
Seasons   Spring to Autumn
Sun  6:08am - 6:25pm
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Back In The Boots Again
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The San Rafael Swell was first referred to as a reef by early pioneers. The earth juts up here like a reef in the ocean. The question was how to navigate it. There are natural passageways. Wildhorse is one of those natural canyon passageways thru the reef. Not to be confused with Little Wildhorse Canyon, another hike in the area.

This is a nontechnical canyon but there are three sets of short slots to play around in. Each of the San Rafael Canyons has its own appeal, character and features and this one is not short on fun.

From the marked trailhead it's about a mile to the entrance to the canyon. Fallen boulders litter the wash, each subjected to the various forces of nature. The canyon narrows down and the hiking is easy with steady but gentle downgrade. Shortly you will come to a bend left, straight ahead of you lies Clasp Arch. Above and to the left is Wildhorse Natural Bridge. They are both a little difficult to photograph. A short time later you will come to a slotted section that is easily bypassed left or right. The canyon is somewhat open compared to others but at times has sheer walls lining the right side of the canyon. The canyon meanders left and right and comes to the next slotted section again easily bypassed. Be observant and you just may find some pictograms located high up on the cliffs. You'll arrive at the fun final slotted area where the canyon ends and empties into Temple Wash. This description is for an out and back but if you knew where to locate a second vehicle this could be done as a shuttle. Admire the views and return the way you came.

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2018-05-07 AZLOT69
    WARNING! Hiking and outdoor related sports can be dangerous. Be responsible and prepare for the trip. Study the area you are entering and plan accordingly. Dress for the current and unexpected weather changes. Take plenty of water. Never go alone. Make an itinerary with your plan(s), route(s), destination(s) and expected return time. Give your itinerary to trusted family and/or friends.

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    High Clearance possible when dry

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    Highway 24, 24 miles south to temple road towards Goblin Valley State Park. Five miles in Goblin State Park is to your left. Continue straight, road turns to dirt. About two miles to road on your left. This is Behind The Reef Road. Take it 1.6 miles to turnoff left to marked trailhead.
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