The San Rafael Swell is a remarkable geologic area based around a large “wrinkle” in the earth’s crust, much like the nearby Waterpocket Fold in Capitol Reef National Park. Thanks to its unique geology, it features sandstone trails unlike anywhere else. It also has some of the most unique and adventurous slot canyons that the Colorado Plateau has to offer, such as Crack Canyon and Little Wild Horse Canyon. Farther north, the Little Grand Canyon overlook provides a dramatic overlook of an immense canyon below.
San Rafael Swell Trails
Distance: 9 miles (loop) Difficulty: Moderate Best time of year: Year-round Last hiked: 2015 October Bell Canyon and Little Wild Horse Canyon Trail Description For those that want the slot canyon experience, but aren’t heading to the Page, Arizona area for Antelope Canyon, a good alternative with easy access is the loop through Bell Canyon and Little Wild Horse Canyon. Aside from Goblin Valley State Park, they’re easily the most visited part of the San […]
Distance: 3.5 miles (one way) Difficulty: Moderate, but challenging Best time of year: Year-round Last hiked: 2015 October Crack Canyon Trail Description For those wanting a little adventure with your slot canyon hike, but don’t have the technical abilities to do proper canyoneering, Crack Canyon is a great canyon to challenge your ability without needing any extra gear. Many areas where the slots are blocked range from 5-10 feet high – not quite high enough […]