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CNHA San Rafael Swell
San Rafael Swell

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About 80 miles long and 30 miles wide and virtually uninhabited, the San Rafael Swell is a geologically and historically fascinating area that invites visitors to explore at every turn. Little Wild Horse slot canyon, Wedge Overlook, the Cleveland-Lloyd Dinosaur Quarry and the crazily-shaped erosional rock formations of Goblin State Park are just some of the attractions of this amazing place.

The San Rafael Swell has a long history of human activity. Fine examples of the rock art of ancient inhabitants can be seen at the Rochester Creek panel, Buckhorn Wash and Black Dragon Canyon sites. Historic Swasey's Cabin and the Copper Globe Mine are among the reminders of the area's more recent ranching and mining history. "The Swell" was also the haunt of Wild West outlaws including Butch Cassidy who escaped into the Swell after a robbery in Castle Gate, Utah.

The San Rafael Swell attracts hikers, backpackers, horseback riders, and all-terrain vehicle (ATV) enthusiasts. Many of the numerous roads are passable by passenger car, but there are also challenging roads requiring 4-wheel drive and single track routes for mountain bike and motorcycle enthusiasts. Much of the San Rafael Swell is administered by the Bureau of Land Management at Price, Utah.



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