Horseshoe Canyon | Pictographs & Petroglyphs | Canyonlands

Horseshoe Canyon


Horseshoe Canyon is a remote section near Canyonlands National Park where visitors can see some of the best-preserved pictographs and petroglyphs in the U.S. The highlight of the ancient rock art is the ‘Great Gallery,’ a 200-foot long by 15-foot high panel featuring 20 life-size human figures.  The art dates back as far as 7000-9000 B.C., created by the Desert Archaic culture.


Ranger-led hikes to the Great Gallery are available on weekends. The moderately strenuous hike is 6.5 miles roundtrip with a 750-foot elevation change. The trail is well-marked but requires endurance and plenty of water for the three to six hour hike. Horseshoe Canyon can be reached from Hanksville, about thirty miles along a dirt road from Highway 24. A signed turnoff leads to Horseshoe Canyon and a four-wheel-drive vehicle is recommended. Various guides and outfitters in our region have permits to provide guided experiences in places such as Horseshoe Canyon. Browse guides and outfitters to learn more.

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