Holy Ghost pictograph, Great Gallery, Horseshoe Canyon Utah

Canyonlands 4X4/Hiking Tour - $208 Adult & $198 Youth

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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.

Toyota Landcruiser across the Green River DesertThe 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 Hunter pictograph in Horseshoe CanyonBig 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 canyon's 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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Trip Details:

Horseshoe Canyon tours depart at 8:00 AM. Meet us at the NAVTEC Expedition office 15 minutes prior to departure. We are located at 321 N. Main St. Moab, Utah. 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, certain trip minimums apply.

Trips Operate:
  • Year round
  • 8:00 AM to 11:30 AM -- Drive to Horseshoe Canyon
  • 11:30 AM to 3:30 PM -- Hiking
  • 3:30 PM to 7:00pm -- Return to Moab
Cost:$208 Adult & $198 Youth (16 and under) + tax
  • National Park Tour by Four Wheel Drive Vehicle
  • Pick-up from your motel or campground, if needed
  • Quality buffet style lunch with ice water & lemonade
  • Licensed experienced guide service
Not Included:
  • Hiking sticks
  • Gratuities to guides
  • Signature on required "Acknowledgement of Risk" form
What to bring:
  • Sunglasses, sunscreen, visor or hat (sun protection)
  • Day pack
  • Water bottles 3 liters capacity
  • Sturdy footwear, Please No flip flops
  • Cell Phones and cameras carried at own risk
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