Lost in Little Wild Horse Canyon

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I think it might actually be impossible to get lost in Little Wild Horse Canyon unless you climbed up and wandered off the trail.  But I don’t know, I didn’t do that.  I didn’t even follow the whole trail.  Rounding out around 8 miles, we didn’t have time and the weather was not ideal for slot canyons.

Little Wild Horse Canyon is an awesome slot canyon in the San Rafael Swell in Southern Utah.  It’s easily accessible and makes a great day trip or stop on a Utah road trip or weekend getaway in southern Utah.


If you’re headed towards Goblin Valley, there will be signs for Little Wild Horse Canyon, too.  Instead of turning left at the T, turn right and follow the road until there’s a big parking area on the right, just before the road turns to dirt.  It’s super easy to find, I promise.

If you’ve ever been in a slot canyon, you know that you shouldn’t be if there’s much of a chance for rain.  Well, we didn’t listen to that and went anyways.  The sky over Bullfrog was dark, but it was sunny the direction we were going.


We got there and things looked fine so we pushed on.  It was sometime after 5PM that we got there, I think.  We had limited time after work.  Towards the beginning of the trail, you have to make a decision.  It’s easy, I promise.  It’s just right or left.  We went right, and I’m glad, not that I know what is to the left, but we got to see a lot of slot canyons to the right.

We passed through I think three different slot areas that opened up between them.  In one of them, someone oh so eloquently adorned a rock with POOP.  Please don’t do that.  It’s not what the cool kids are doing.  They just hike through and take pictures.  Anyways, this was one of my favorite places.  It wasn’t busy, it was just super cool until it was just gray above us.


There were a number of times where I voiced my worry, but we kept going.  Yes, I’m glad because I loved it in there, but I was worried.  Like really worried, but I let it go and pushed on.

I think I have a fairly reasonable fear of flash floods.  I know I don’t want to be in a slot canyon again when it looks like that outside.  After the third slot section, we were in a giant cavern almost and it was getting windy.  This is where I should let you know that wind in a slot canyon, at least this one, sounded like rushing water.  Fun, right?  Ha.  Good one.


I practically ran out of there.  As soon as we got back to the car it started lightly raining.  Good timing, right?  Even though I make it sound a little scary, go to Little Wild Horse Canyon.  I promise, it’s worth it, especially if you’re in the area.  If you’re on a Utah road trip, this is a great stop because it’s nowhere near as busy as the National Parks and it’s an easily accessible slot canyon.  Plus, Goblin Valley is right next door.

Helpful things:

  • Bring lots of water, especially mid-summer.  It’s the desert.  It’s hot.
  • Wear tennis shoes or Chacos, something you feel comfortable hiking in.
  • Don’t go if the weather is anything close to rainy, even if it’s rainy within 50 miles or so.  Water can flow down into the slots causing flash floods.
  • Go to Goblin Valley, too.  Make it into a camping trip and camp out in Goblin Valley or in the San Rafael Swell.  The whole area is really cool.

Have you been to Little Wild Horse Canyon?  What did you think of it? Do you want to go?  What is your favorite slot canyon?

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