Little Wild Horse Trail | Capitol Reef Country

Little Wild Horse Trail

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LOCATION Before you reach the entrance station of Goblin Valley State Park you will turn right (west) and follow a road for five miles to the trail-head. TRAIL TYPE This trail is for hiking only. DISTANCE The full Little Wild Horse / Bell Canyon loop is approx. 8 miles, (12.8 km). Most people will just do LWH which is a 3.3 mile, (5.8 km) hike one way. The elevation at the trailhead is 4962 ft. with a gain of 700 ft. DIFFICULTY  Easy This trail is relatively easy for the most part and can be done by almost all ages. DESCRIPTION This trail is hard sandstone and dirt with areas of gravel. You will come across some bigger rocks along the trail, but are easily negotiated.
EQUIPMENT No extra equipment is required for this hike. ENVIRONMENT Some pools of water during the wet season, but as long as the weather is good, so is the trail. SAFETY This trail would be very dangerous if it is raining or there is runoff from the winter snow. Please be cautious of the weather. TRAIL TIP This area can be very crowded with people of all ages, so it is important to be respectful of those around you.
Name (Click name below to view map) GPS Latitiude Longitude
Little Wild Horse 38.582962 -110.803728
Take in the Views

Take in the Views

This slot canyon is a beautiful hike that will take you through the heart of San Rafael Swell. This unique narrow is truly a sight to see. The sun comes through the cracks in the rocks and lights up caverns and smaller narrows. Be sure to bring your camera because this is beauty you won’t want to forget!

Get a Closer Look

Little Wild Horse Trail is a popular slot canyon that is narrow and twists and turns through long sections of convoluted sandstone. Bell Canyon is a shorter; easier hike, but not as scenically interesting. Whether you do the full loop around and through both canyons (See maps), or just Little Wild Horse, it makes for a good, fun hike.
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Do it at Your Own Pace

Do it at Your Own Pace

Doing the full loop requires that you follow the wash as you go north until you reach the Behind the Reef road. Follow the road for about 45 minutes, until you reach an an opening in the face of the cliffs, which is Bell Canyon. Travel South until you reach the meeting point of the two trails and continue on out the way you came in.
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