Hiking can be a major activity in the canyon. There are numerous tributaries that are waiting to be explored. The vegetation at the mouth of these canyons is thick, so one must keep a good eye out for openings.
The upper part, from Green River State Park to the confluence of the San Rafael River, is mostly flat, open terrain. Crystal Geyser and the San Rafael River are in this area and offer easy hiking and interesting exploring. When the canyons get deeper, you will begin to notice more tributaries. If you enjoy geology, photography, wildlife, or taking in the scenery, these canyons await your inquisitive nature. Bull Hollow, Tenmile Canyon, Keg Spring Canyon and Oak Bottom are some familiar names of side canyons along the route.
Two river registers, one past Keg Spring Canyon, and the other at the neck of Bowknot Bend, are exciting places to spend some time reading the inscriptions of earlier adventurers. Remember, these names and dates are respectfully etched and interesting, lending an air of human history of the natural surroundings. They have earned their position during a time when travel to this area was left open only to those who dared the adventure. Now, in times of easy access, we begin to see an over accumulation of names which are destroying the historic value of these registers. It is left up to you, the visitor, to keep this area at its historical level. Please don't add, just enjoy. When you reach Bowknot Bend, don't forget to venture up and catch a glimpse of the desert surroundings.
Horseshoe Canyon is an excellent area for a long journey. Fourteen miles from the river, one may find the larger than lifesize paintings left long ago by earlier cultures. Hell Roaring Canyon holds the historic inscription of D. Julien, "1836 3 mai," only 200 yards upstream, and also offers a picturesque environment to explore.
Be selective of areas in order to minimize the impact on any one site. Increased availability of campsites occurs more during the low water months of July and August, than during the high water months of late May and early June.
Practice good river etiquette, such as: use campstoves or fire pans and grills instead of rocks as support for cooking utensils; remove excess charcoal from the area; utilize driftwood for fuel; and scatter extra firewood rather than leaving it as an established camp area. Also, keep in mind dishwashing with biodegradable soap, personal hygiene, removal of trash, and carry out of solid human waste.
With the practice of good river etiquette comes an enjoyable trip and the satisfaction of leaving the environment clean for those that follow.
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