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The Great Gallery in Horseshoe Canyon

 

Horseshoe Canyon

Spectacular Rock Art

Horseshoe Canyon was added to Canyonlands National Park in 1971 to preserve one of the finest ancient rock art sites in North America – the Great Gallery. This stunning Barrier Canyon style pictograph panel has magnificent life-size painted figures, many decorated with intricate designs. 

Plan Your Visit

Accessing the Horseshoe Canyon rock art site includes a 30-mile (48 km) drive in on a graded unpaved road, and a 7-mile (11.2 km) round trip hike, but it is well worth the effort.
Because this a remote area, make sure to take all the water you will need, some snacks, and extra clothes in case of unexpected weather.

When is the best time to visit Horseshoe Canyon?
Spring and Fall are the best seasons to visit, when temperatures are more moderate. 

Directions: Most visitors access Horseshoe Canyon from UT Highway 24. From I-70 West of Green River, UT, take the UT Highway 24 exit. Drive south on Utah Highway 24 for about 24 miles (38.6 km) until you see the sign and turn off for Goblin Valley on your right (west). Continue 3 more miles to a signed turn on the left (east) onto the unpaved road. Follow signs to the trailhead. Driving time is roughly 2.5 hours from Moab or 1.5 hours from Green River, UT.
The road is usually drivable by two-wheel-drive vehicles, but precipitation or shifting sand may make 4-wheel drive necessary. Check the road conditions page, or call ahead: (435) 259-2652, from 8 am to 4:30 pm Mountain Time (Please do not call this number between 5 pm and 8 am except for Maze-area emergencies).

Things to know

• Do not rely on a GPS unit to guide you to Horseshoe Canyon. Use a map instead.

• Pets are prohibited on the trail or below the rim of Horseshoe Canyon.

• Please do not touch the rock art. Leave artifacts where you find them.

Things to do

Hiking:
• The strenuous hike to the Great Gallery will take five hours or more.
• Bring your own drinking water. We recommend one gallon (4 L) per person. There is no water above the canyon rim, and water sources in the canyon are not reliable.
• There is a steep elevation change of 780 feet (237 m) at the beginning and end of the hike.
• Group size is limited to 20 people

View in Horseshoe Canyon

Camping: You can camp at the west rim trailhead on public land managed by the Bureau of Land Management (see map). There is a vault toilet but no water. Overnight camping is not allowed in Horseshoe Canyon within the national park boundary. You can also camp at sites on BLM- managed land along the road as you drive to the trailhead.

Ranger Programs: Rangers lead guided walks into the canyon most weekends during spring and fall. Check the Canyonlands National Park calendar for dates.

Horseback Riding: The trail into Horseshoe Canyon from the west rim trailhead is an old four-wheel-drive road that is suitable for horses.
• Group size limit is 10 animals and 10 people.
• A permit is required. Permits are free and may be obtained at the Hans Flat Ranger Station or by phone at (435) 259-2652 from 8 am - 4:30 pm only.
• Horses, mules, and burros are the only animals permitted. Other domestic animals including dogs are prohibited in the backcountry.
• Stock must be fed pelletized feed for 48 hours in advance of and during a trip in order to prevent the spread of exotic plant species.
• Grazing is not allowed. Animals may not be left unattended and must be staked at least 300 feet away from water sources and away from vegetation where possible.
• Stock must be kept in the wash bottom and may not be ridden up to the rock art.
For more information, visit https://www.nps.gov/cany/planyourvisit/horsebackriding.htm.

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