|Horseshoe Canyon (Great Gallery)
Length: 6.5 miles round trip
Description: The Horseshoe Canyon Trail leads to The Great Gallery, a remarkable ancient Native American rock art site. The route follows a well-marked trail down a cliff to the canyon floor. The climb down, and then back out, is steep and somewhat strenuous, but the remainder of the route is easy. There may be water flowing through the canyon. If there is, hikers will need to hop or wade the little stream.
Horseshoe Canyon is managed as part of Canyonlands National Park, but it is not contiguous to main park area. The best access to the trailhead is via an improved dirt road that heads east from Highway 24. The route is signed and the turnoff is just south of the Goblin Valley Road. It is about 30 miles from the Hwy 24 turnoff to the trailhead.
When you reach the bottom of Horseshoe, simply walk up the canyon. The first rock art panel will be on your left about 1/3 mile up the canyon. It is easy to see from the trail and is marked by a sign. Other panels will be on the right and are also easy to see; some are not signed.
The Great Gallery is not hard to find, if you are observant as you hike up the canyon. While you hike to the Gallery, keep your eyes open for other sites you can view along the trail.