Utah River and Wilderness Expeditions since 1964... come Tag-A-Long with us!
Horseshoe Canyon is in the outlands, an annex of Canyonlands National Park. On this trip you are the adventurer, you are walking in the footsteps of the ancient ones. You will visit one of the world’s finest, undisturbed rock art panels left by ancient Native American cultures. You’ll visit the Great Gallery rock art panel, famous for its “Holy Ghost” image and ponder the mystery of their disappearance as your guide helps you unravel their story. The hiking in the canyons will leave you feeling strong and confident and maybe a little unwilling to return to civilization. While the hiking is appropriate for people in relatively good condition, there are no technical climbs or skills required.
The Maze region of Canyonlands National Park is the among the most remote regions of wilderness left in America. On this expedition you are hours from civilization. There is unparalleled solitude and peace while you explore archeological sites. Some 4 wheel driving may be necessary.
This itinerary will vary as it is a charter trip designed to meet your ideals.
Begin in Moab at 7:00 a.m. With your friendly, competent guide, you’ll board a 4X4 vehicle and travel across the high desert past Green River, Utah, to the Horseshoe Canyon trailhead. Horseshoe Canyon is one of the highlights of the Canyonlands parcels: a hike deep into the canyon to see The Great Gallery, the mysterious, world-renown rock art panel left by ancient Native American cultures in the Southwest. Your guide will explain to you the difference between petroglyphs and pictographs and will discuss various rock art styles including the ghostly Barrier Canyon style, displayed at the Great Gallery. You’ll have time to sit quietly with the powerful images that tower above you. The hike to the panel descends about 600 feet. The hike is 8 miles round trip. Upon return to the rim, we will retrace our drive back to Moab.
Those searching for a true wilderness experience hiking, photographers, people in reasonably good condition and those with a real desire for adventure!
A water bottle in a day pack or a backpack hydration system to keep your hands free for hiking
Good supportive shoes you are comfortable hiking in, please no sandals
A light snack if you wish
Operates Year-Round (weather permitting)