San Rafael Swell Recreation Area

Buckhorn Draw/San Rafael Bridge

Once the scene of outlaw chases, Buckhorn Draw (a long, steep-walled canyon), is the main northern gate-way to the Swell. A canyon highlight is the interpreted Buckhorn Draw Native American rock art site. These striking figures were restored as Emery County's Utah Centennial Project in 1996. Buckhorn Draw area is accessible from the south from I-70, Exit 129.

Camping facilities are provided at the San Rafael Bridge Recreation Site, adjacent to the San Rafael River. The recreation site is bordered by the lofty escarpment to the north and large buttes to the east and west. Camping facilities at San Rafael Bridge include tent pads, picnic tables, toilets, and fire rings. No drinking water is available. When camping in other areas, please use existing, undeveloped campsites to avoid impacting new areas. No reservations are taken for this campground.