San Rafael Swell Recreation Area

Scenic Spots in San Rafael Swell Rec. Area

Goblin Valley State Park/Little Wild Horse Canyon

Goblin Valley is famous for its large collection of fancifully-shaped rock formations. To reach Goblin Valley from Highway 24, turn right at the Goblin Valley turnoff onto a narrow paved road, drive west for 5 miles, then turn left onto a graded dirt road at the signed junction. Drive ...

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Hidden Splendor

The Hidden Splendor uranium mine was famous in Utah. Originally named the Delta, it was started by Vernon Pick in 1952. He extracted a million dollars of ore before selling the mine. It closed in 1957 without reaching its estimated potential. The site of the ...

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Hondu Arch and Tomsich Butte

Hondu Arch is a large natural opening that rests high above Muddy Creek. The abandoned Dirty Devil Uranium Mines at Tomsich Butte were started by W.J. Hanret and John Tomsich in 1951. The undeveloped Hondu Arch/Tomsich Butte area is rich in opportunities for hiking, camping, mountain biking ...

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Little Wild Horse and Bell Canyons

South of Goblin Valley, Little Wild Horse and Bell canyons cut narrow slots through the San Rafael Reef. A popular hiking route loop starts in Little Wild Horse Canyon and returns to the Little Wild Horse Canyon Trailhead via Bell Canyon. The hike requires some scrambling over ...

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Mussentuchit Sand Dunes

Although these dunes are relatively small in area, they provide interesting riding for off highway vehicle enthusiasts. The undeveloped dune area can be reached from I-70 exit 97. Drive south for 8.2 miles to a junction, then go right (west, then south) 2.1 miles to another junction. ...

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San Rafael Reef

This spectacular San Rafael Reef dominates the eastern side of the Swell. Erosion has smoothed the jagged, upturned Navajo sandstone face of the reef and cut deep canyons. These canyons are ideal for hiking, scrambling and ...

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Temple Mountain

Temple Mountain, located to the northwest of Goblin Valley, is the highest point along the San Rafael Reef. This area was once one of the most active mining operations during Utah's uranium boom days. Although the mines are now long closed, the numerous roads ...

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Wedge Overlook

The Wedge Overlook provides a striking view of the Little Grand Canyon, the San Rafael River, and the Sid's Mountain Wilderness Study Area. To protect the fragile resources (notably an endangered cactus species), use of motorized vehicles and mountain bikes is limited to designated roads, and camping is ...

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