Canyonlands National Park: Horseshoe Canyon
This 7.1-miler in redrock country showcases art you'll never see in a big-city gallery--some of the world's best-preserved pictographs and petroglyphs.
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- Distance: 11.4
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Hike south from the trailhead.
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Continue S; prepare for nonstop 600-ft. descent. In .5 mi., trail gently rounds to N
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Hike through ankle-deep sand on .4-mi. descent to canyon floor; watch for cairns
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Travel S along flat canyon bottom bordered by massive redrock cliffs
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Continue straight at three-way.
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Pass a side canyon.
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High Gallery: Climb a sandy slope to the base of the cliffs to view the pictographs. Leave No Trace: Do not touch or remove archeological objects; it’s against the law. Take photos only
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Horseshoe Shelter: Walls are covered with rock art painted by nomadic tribes 3,000 yrs. ago. Some intricate panels stand 6 ft. tall and show humans, ghostlike figures, and animals.
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Canyon winds to the S; cottonwoods provide shade
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Alcove Gallery: More artwork in this area
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Follow redrock corridor to W
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Round bend, then head W
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Great Gallery: More life-sized pictographs and petroglyphs on a giant rock canvas. Return to trailhead
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The Great Gallery
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The Great Gallery
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