Located in the heart of the San Rafael Swell and behind the San Rafael Reef, the Little Ocean Draw is a wash that flows through Chute Canyon. This part of the San Rafael Swell is composed of bluffs and benches of lighter colored sandstone. The layers of what were once sand dunes are clearly evident in the sandstone. Upper elevations of this wilderness are flat or rolling sagebrush and juniper hills, but where water gathers and flows following infrequent but sometimes powerful rains, it has carved deep into the sandstone revealing the area’s geology and creating deep and narrow canyons.
Leave No Trace
How to follow the seven standard Leave No Trace principles differs in different parts of the country (desert vs. Rocky Mountains). Click on any of the principles listed below to learn more about how they apply in the Little Ocean Draw Wilderness.
The San Rafael Swell is close to 1 million acres in size from Green River, UT west to highway 10 and Wayne County to the South. Cedar Mountain forms the northern boundary.
Digital and paper maps are critical tools for wilderness visitors. Online maps can help you plan and prepare for your visit ahead of time. You can also carry digital maps with you on your GPS unit or other handheld GPS device. Having a paper map with you in the backcountry, as well as solid orienteering skills, however, ensures that you can still route-find in the event that your electronic device fails.
Motorized equipment and equipment used for mechanical transport is generally prohibited in all wilderness areas.
This includes the use of motor vehicles, motorboats, motorized equipment, bicycles, hang gliders, wagons, carts, portage wheels, and the landing of aircraft including helicopters.