"Pictographs at Horseshoe Canyon" Hanksville Things to Do Tip by goodfish

Hanksville Things to Do: 8 reviews and 35 photos

One of the primary reasons we came to Hanksville was to hike the Horseshoe Canyon unit of Canyonlands National Park. Other than the Maze, this is the most remote section of Canyonlands to access, is a detached piece of the park some 120 miles from Island in the Sky near Moab, and the last 32 miles of that is dirt road: it is a long way from anywhere. But along the walls of this canyon are some of the most stunning and archeologically important pictographs on the continent so it's well worth the effort.

This is a 7-mile RT hike down into the canyon and then in/along a usually dry creekbed. There are 4 important pictograph sites along the way with the biggest and best of them - the Great Gallery - at the very end. There is no water, food, gas or any other facilities at the trailhead (there is a vault toilet) and pets are not permitted. There is also no park fee for the hike. Staying in Hanksville shaved about 140 miles off trying to do it from Moab so see my hotel tip for a good place to book a room.

For more information, see my Horseshoe Canyon tips under my Canyonlands pages:

http://members.virtualtourist.com/m/p/m/215a67/
http://members.virtualtourist.com/m/p/m/215ab7/
http://members.virtualtourist.com/m/p/m/215b42/

And do reference my Canyonlands warnings and dangers for good stuff to be aware of when visiting the park in general.

Address: Horseshoe Canyon, Canyonlands NP
Directions: 20 miles north of Hanksville on Hwy 24: the signed turnoff to the dirt road will be on your right. Do be aware that heavy rain can make the access road a very muddy pain in the butt or impassible altogether.
Website: http://www.nps.gov/cany/planyourvisit/horseshoecanyon.htm

Review Helpfulness: 4.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Oct 20, 2013
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