Partial White Rim Road closure 7/7/14-7/11/14
The White Rim Road will be closed from July 7th through July 11th to allow for replacement of a large culvert under the road. The closure area is from the junction of the Shafer Trail Road and the Potash Road to Musselman Arch. More »
New backcountry requirements in effect
Hard-sided bear containers are required for backpackers in parts of the Needles District. More »
Horseshoe Canyon contains some of the most significant rock art in North America. The Great Gallery, the best known panel in Horseshoe Canyon, includes well-preserved, life-sized figures with intricate designs. Other impressive sights include spring wildflowers, sheer sandstone walls and mature cottonwood groves along the intermittent stream in the canyon bottom. Horseshoe Canyon was added to Canyonlands in 1971.
Notice: Current road conditions to Horseshoe are all-wheel or four-wheel-drive due to deep sand and rough, rocky conditions.
Most visitors access Horseshoe from the west. Two-wheel-drive vehicles can usually travel the 30-mile graded dirt road from Utah Highway 24 (near Goblin Valley State Park), or the 47-mile dirt road traveling south from Green River. Driving time is roughly 2.5 hours from Moab or 1.5 hours from Green River. A four-wheel-drive road leads to the east rim of Horseshoe Canyon from the Hans Flat Ranger Station. Visitors to this area should be prepared for unpredictable weather (such as rain or sand-shifting wind) that can quickly change road conditions from two-wheel-drive to four-wheel-drive condition. Check road conditions page or call ahead for the current road conditions at (435) 259-2652 between 8:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.
HikingNotice: Summer conditions in Horseshoe Canyon are HOT with deep sand. Visitors report the hike feels more like 12 miles than 7 due to the deep sand. Temperatures can easily exceed 100 degrees, making the hike back out very difficult, especially if you do not have enough water to keep yourself hydrated. Rangers do not patrol the canyon regularly in the summer months. Be prepared!
Visitors may camp at the west rim trailhead on public land managed by the BLM. A vault toilet is provided but there is no water. Overnight camping is not allowed in Horseshoe Canyon within the Park boundary.
When staff are available, guided walks into Horseshoe Canyon are offered during spring months. To join, be at the west side Horseshoe Canyon trailhead bulletin board at 9:00 a.m. to meet the ranger. This is a strenuous seven-mile hike lasting 4 to 6 hours and visitors should be prepared with a gallon of water per person, lunch and other hiking essentials.
The trail into Horseshoe Canyon from the west rim trailhead is an old 4WD road that is suitable for horses. Group size limit is ten animals and ten people. Permits are free and may be obtained at the Hans Flat Ranger Station or by phone at (435)259-2652. The following regulations govern the stock in Canyonlands:
Did You Know?
One animal uniquely adapted to life in the desert is the kangaroo rat. This rat lives its entire life consuming nothing but plant matter. Its body produces water by metabolizing the food it eats. More...