Deep within Horseshoe Canyon, a detached unit of Canyonlands National Park, lies a mysterious archeological site. We travel from Moab, Utah across the Green River Desert to this remote canyon. A wonderful hike leads us to elaborate life sized rock art panels, considered the finest in North America.
The 4X4 road to Horseshoe Canyon is beautifully isolated. The deep red Carmel sandstone caps a thousand feet of Navajo slickrock. We go into the heart of Robbers Roost Country, where Butch Cassidy learned to cattle rustle. This is one of the most remote wilderness areas left in America.
Arriving at the west rim of Horseshoe Canyon we pack our lunch fill water bottles and begin our decent. The canyon bottom is 650 feet below the rim. The hike is out and back 7 miles in total. Hikers need to be in reasonably good condition and can expect a strenuous hike out of the canyon.
Big Game Hunters carrying fluted Clovis and Folsom points traced your very footsteps. They hunted mammoth and now extinct bison. These Desert Archaic Nomads emerged as the most artistically creative people of ancient times. We visit three of their rock art panels on the trail to the Great Gallery. Read more here about this canyons archeology.
"These are sinister and supernatural figures, gods from the underworld perhaps who hover in space, or dance, or stand solidly planted on two feet carrying weapons – a club or sword. Most are faceless but some stare back at you with large, hollow disquieting eyes. Demonic shapes, they might have meant protection and benevolence to their creators and a threat to strangers: beware, traveler, you are approaching the land of the horned gods." -Edward Abbey, Desert Solitaire
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Horseshoe Canyon tours depart at 7:00 AM. Meet us at the NAVTEC Expedition office 15 minutes prior to departure. We are located at 321 N. Main St. Moab, Utah. We have plenty of parking for your convenience. Pick-up from local hotels, motels, and campgrounds is also available upon advance request. We will take you to Horseshoe Canyon in our comfortable 4X4 vehicles and return you when the trip ends. Reservations are recommended.
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321 North Main Street
Moab, Utah 84532
Call toll free: 1-800-833-1278
In Moab: 435-259-7983
NAVTEC Expeditions three generations of experience shows not only in our guiding, but in how we interact with our guests and the natural world. Our professional guides see to it that you get the most out of your trip without the stress. Their affable manners and leadership provide you the opportunity to experience the awesome nature of Canyon Country. Giving you a safe and enjoyable vacation is our highest priority.