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Address: Canyonlands National Park, UT
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One of four areas of Canyonlands National Parks - each named for its...

One of four areas of Canyonlands National Parks - each named for its outstanding geological characteristic.

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Spectacular remote hike, come prepared. here's how.

First of all, getting to Horseshoe Canyon is not bad at all assuming it hasn't rained recently. The road from Hanksville is honestly better than many of the main roads in the... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed November 11, 2015
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Bolingbrook, Illinois

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Bolingbrook, Illinois
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241 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2015

First of all, getting to Horseshoe Canyon is not bad at all assuming it hasn't rained recently. The road from Hanksville is honestly better than many of the main roads in the Chicagoland area. You can go 40mph most of the way. Leaving from Hanksville, it took me just about an hour to get to the trailhead. About half way... More 

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Menlo Park, California
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5 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2015

The Park clearly marks this as a 2 wheel drive road and it is except after rain. There was even a 24 ft Winnebago View motorhome back there with us. The last couple of miles is narrow so if you meet someone--someone will have to back up, but no drop offs. We are in our late 60s and took about... More 

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Sevenoaks, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 138 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2015

This was our first stop in Canyonlands, and Horseshoe canyon sets the scene - wonderful views for miles and miles out onto the plains and mesas. And some particularly scary vertical drops if you choose to walk to the edge...

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1 Thank LeeStJohn
Baton Rouge, Louisiana
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72 reviews
23 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2015

There are beautiful views from this park, if you are not going to do long hikes you can see the Islands in the Sky area in a good half day. Very much like views of the Grand Canyon. This park is nice but if you only have time for one park in the Moab area do Arches National Park, so... More 

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2 Thank girllovestotravel
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7 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2015 via mobile

I originally went to Blue John Canyon, but long story short met a NPS worker who took me into Horseshoe Canyon. It was incredible! The pictographs were a sight to see! The canyon was a great hike, both down and back up. We came up when it was dark and the night sky was just breathtaking! The drive out there... More 

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San Jose, California
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47 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015

I participated in the 4-day skinny tire ride festival in April 2015. One of the rides was out to Horseshoe Canyon from Moab. It's a great ride, long and challenging with the uphill inclines and rolling hills out to this beautiful view. It's well worth it to go out and look at this unique canyon that is shaped liked a... More 

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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88 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015 via mobile

The drive to get there is already an adventure in itself ! Make sure you have the adequate vehicule for this 4-wheel drive. The landscapes are beautiful, the petroglyphs are amazing and the wildlife is more present than other trails in the parks probably because the horseshoe is the least used trail in the park. That's also what makes it... More 

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Oro Valley, AZ
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21 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015

We loved loved loved Horseshoe Canyon! Beautiful views, fantastic rock art, fine hike. Beware of the road in! I cannot emphasize enough how quickly conditions can change! We drove our little car to the canyon rim in under an hour, and upon arrival the skies opened and poured forth monsoonal rain. We thought we'd wait it out, but a guy... More 

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Grand Junction, Colorado
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 79 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015

Other reviewers have done a very accurate job of describing this Canyon-I would add that walking in the washes is slow going and takes more time than you would imagine. We are 60+ year old hobby photographers and it took us 6 hours to hike, stop and take photos, eat lunch, and then hike back up. There are lots of... More 

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Las Vegas, Nevada
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86 reviews
46 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015

My wife & I saw Horseshoe Canyon on a TV show, Ancient Aliens, and determined there and then that we would see the place for ourselves. When you leave the paved road, it is 32 miles of 4 wheel drive, high clearance travel that took us about 3.5 hours. We camped on the top of the rim and hiked in... More 

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