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“Utah at it's finest!”

Little Wild Horse Canyon
Ranked #21 of 1,157 things to do in Utah
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Owner description: Sandstone walls rise on either side of this slot canyon.
Reviewed April 1, 2013

The slots here are unbelievable. When we got to the parking lot we were a bit concerned. It was full with probably 30 vehicles in it. Because we had heard such good things about it, we went anyway. Glad we did.

We started out by doing the Bells Canyon trail, connected via the "road" to Little Wild Horse Canyon and hiked back to the parking lot. This loop is approx. 8.5 miles and took us approx. 4.5 hours. We did not rush and it's worth every step. Views, slots, colors, everything. Well worth it.

FYI, this hike is rated easy. There is some climbing to be done and some of it I would say might be a little challenging for some people. Also - be sure to take water and sunscreen. It can be very hot and there are places where you will get a lot of sun exposure.

Oh and all those people and cars in the lot? We didn't see that many once we were a mile into it. A nice surprise.

1  Thank Andy N
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"goblin valley state park"
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"the loop"
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"turned around"
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"amazing hike"
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"trail forks"
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"the san rafael swell"
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"large boulders"
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Reviewed December 3, 2012

I had considered skipping this hike as our itinerary was already packed and I wasn't sure that this stop would be worth the time. Fortunately, we chose to go, and Little Wild Horse Canyon became one of the highlights of our trip. In fact, some in our group claimed this as their favorite hike ever. The beautiful canyon views, water-sculpted rocks, and delightfully narrow slots make this an unforgettable experience. We threaded our way about 2-1/2 miles into the canyon before regretfully turning around. On my next visit, I hope to hike the entire 8-mile loop through Little Wild Horse and Bell canyons. Happy trails!

To get to the trailhead: Just north of the main entrance to Goblin Valley State Park, turn west on Wild Horse Road. This is a paved road in good condition. Drive about five miles to a marked parking area, on the right. The trailhead includes pit toilets and a trail map and register.

Trail tips: The first half-mile of trail follows a wash and can be hot and dusty. Shortly after the wash enters a canyon, it is blocked by a dryfall; scramble over the rocks on the left side to bypass it. Beyond the dryfall, the canyon splits; the right fork is Little Wild Horse Canyon. This intersection is marked by a small sign, provided it has not been destroyed by flash floods. The distance (one-way) from the trailhead to the end of the narrows section is approximately 1-1/2 miles, but the beautiful scenery continues further up the canyon. Carry plenty of water and watch the weather. Enjoy!

8  Thank marathoner92
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Reviewed November 26, 2012

I'm reluctant to share this gem; because popularity is predictably rising quickly. I've (barely) made a living hiking this continent and this is among the top 5 "bang for the (energy expended) buck" hikes I've experienced. This is easy, non-technical slot canyon walking. It's fairly widely written about, so I won't type a "trail-guide" here. Among the better descriptions is in Michael Kelsey's guide to the San Rafael Swell. Many do the LWH-Bell cyn loop; but an up-and-back of LWH is perfect in it's own right. Even experienced canyoneers like this and recognize it as one of the narrowest slots for non-technical hikers. Two cautions: 1) like all slots, if there's ANY chance of precipt change plans or die, and 2) don't miss the trail junction at Bell-LWH: right to LWH, left to Bell (traveling upstream.)

6  Thank Mark R
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Reviewed October 18, 2012

Started the hike around 3pm and pretty easy route to follow. Enjoyed hiking the canyon during the late afternoon sun, the lighting was good for the pictures. Not difficult at all. The patterns on the canyon walls kept changing, in some places wavy patterns, in some areas patterns like skulls hanging over the walls. Even the short from the state park to the LWH canyon trail head was good. You could do either the 8 mile LWH and Bell hike or do the LWH slot canyon part alone (4mil approx.). I did the LWH alone. Will do it again if around that area.

2  Thank Gunny C
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Reviewed October 12, 2012 via mobile

This is a non-technical slot canyon. Starts in the open and then gets very narrow thru 3 sections. A few obstacles, but nothing too challenging. We took my 70 year old mother and she thought it was really neat. The wave pattern in the rocks, the tight slots, the amazing colors, all combined to make this one of my favorite hikes ever. Don't miss this!

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