San Rafael Swell

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.

Crack Canyon

Hiker in Crack Canyon

Crack Canyon is a 3.75 mile hike in the San Rafael Swell that can either be a shuttle hike or a lengthy out and back, with amazing sandstone formations.

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