Pets allowed
Allowed with Restrictions
Elevation Gain
1,076.00 ft (327.96 m)
Trail type
There-and-back
Distance
7.80 mi (12.55 km)
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Wildhorse Canyon is the first canyon south of Temple Mountain road. After passing Goblin Valley road and driving through the Swell, Behind-the-Reef Road (also known as Chute Canyon Road) is on the left. Travel this dirt, primitive, road for about 1.6 miles to the marked trailhead. You can park at the signage however, it is possible to drive an additional mile and if careful, a passenger car could make the trips but is not recommended.

After 1 mile along the road which uses the wash occasionally, the canyon begins to narrow but not much. Wildhorse canyon does not have much in the way of slots and any obstacle is easily passed on the right. Still some very interesting features, with the most interesting section near the end. Here, the canyon narrows a bit more but is relatively shallow. The swirling sandstone in this section is excellent. Turn back to return the way you came when you reach Temple Mountain Wash, or when you see the red sand embankment on the other side of the wash. 

Logistics + Planning

Preferable season(s)

Spring
Summer
Fall

Congestion

Low

Parking Pass

None

Open Year-round

Yes

Pros

Low traffic. Rock formations.

Cons

Not a slot canyon.

Trailhead Elevation

5,574.00 ft (1,698.96 m)

Highest point

5,749.00 ft (1,752.30 m)

Features

Geologically significant

Typically multi-day

No

Permit required

No

Location

Nearby Lodging + Camping

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