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Distance

7.4 miles

Trail Type

Out & Back

Trail Difficulty

Moderate

Δ Elevation (FT)

~540 (+)

USGS Quad Map(s):  Canyonlands National Park, Horseshoe Canyon Unit Topo Map

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Horseshoe Canyon Trail (CNP)

Utah | Canyonlands

  • The Great Gallery in Horseshoe Canyon in Canyonlands National Park.
  • Horseshoe Canyon in Canyonlands National Park.
  • Horseshoe Canyon in Canyonlands National Park.
  • Horseshoe Canyon in Canyonlands National Park.

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Notes

Horseshoe Canyon Trail is simultaneously a stunning hike in Canyonlands National Park and a glimpse into ancient Native American lives. The Great Gallery is well-preserved, life-sized figures with intricate detail that represent some of the most amazing petroglyphs ever discovered. Also, you can pitch your tent near the trailhead to make a day out of exploring the area. Canyonlands National Park has two campgrounds, Squaw Flat Campground in The Needles District and Willow Flat Campground in the Island in the Sky District.

History

The history of Horseshoe Canyon spans back to when Paleo Indians were killing mastodons in the southwest, which is roughly 9000-7000 BC. The petroglyphs of the great gallery provide visitors with a vivid insight into lives of the ancient artists. However, those are not the only people who have sought refuge in Horseshoe Canyon. Hundreds of years after, Outlaws such as Butch Cassidy used Horseshoe Canyon and many others to hide from the law.

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Entrance, Camping and Backcountry Fees
Contact: Canyonlands National Park: 2282 SW Resource Blvd. Moab, UT 84532

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