San Rafael Swell Recreation Area

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San Rafael Swell Recreation Area


(435) 636-3622

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The San Rafael Swell Recreation Area has an elevation 4000 - 7000 feet. A magnificent badlands of brightly colored and wildly eroded sandstone formations, deep canyons, and giant plates of stone tilted upright throgh massive geologic upheaval. There is a picnic area and scenic overlook at Cedar Mountain, or the adventurous can explore the swell however suits you best: on foot, horseback, bike, in an OHV or four wheel drive. Petroglyphs and abandoned uranium mines are scattered throughout the area. Under the emergency order, all public lands, including vehicle ways, are closed to OHVs in the Muddy Creek, Devil's Canyon, Crack Canyon, San Rafael Reef, Horseshoe Canyon and Mexican Mountain WSAs. Other activities include picnicking, hunting, boating, camping and great wildlife viewing. There are cultural and historic sites and group camping as well. The uranium mines are to be avoided as they could have harmful material or other dangers still present.

Map of San Rafael Swell Rec. Area

Latitude, Longitude: 38.840242, -110.879173



  • Boating

    Boating (ww) is permitted.

  • Bicycling

    Many great biking trails available. Ranging from a an hour or two at beginner level, all the way to a full day ride at a much more difficult level. Loop trails and there and back are both options.

  • Camping

    Campground provides RV sites and restrooms as well as group camp sites. No water is provided.

  • Hiking

    There are several great hikes in the area at a variety of lengths.

  • Horseback Riding

    Exploring the Swell on Horseback is permitted.

  • Hunting

    Hunting is permitted, please contact park for more information on rules and regulations.

  • Off Highway Vehicles

    All public lands in the Sid's Mountain WSA are closed to OHVs with the exception of four identified ways: 1) the wash bottom of Coal Wash, including the short dugway from the west which enters this wash, and North Fork Coal Wash south until it exits the WSA over "Fix-It-Pass", 2) the wash bottom of South Fork Coal Wash from its junction with the North Fork to and including the "Eva Conover" way, 3) the "Devil's Racetrack" way and 4) the Justensen Flat access way, including lower Eagle Canyon southeast from the junction of this way.

  • Picnicking

    Picnicking is encouraged.



I-70 west of Green River, east of UT 10. To get to the overlook, take Cedar Mountain Road from Cleveland.

Phone Numbers


(435) 636-3622