A popular slot canyon within the San Rafael Swell and near Goblin Valley State Park, the main narrows of the Little Wild Horse Canyon Wilderness can be reached after just ten minutes walking from the trailhead, though they are easily missed as the entrance is a concealed slit in the right side of the canyon. A walk in the narrows takes one through the twisting canyon, with high walls on either side, sometimes only a few feet apart. The water that shaped the canyon has left its mark on the rock, leaving beautiful shapes and textures behind. Bell Canyon is adjacent to Little Wild Horse Canyon and is often combined in a loop hike. Little Wild Horse Canyon is the longer and more spectacular of the two. The Little Wild Horse Canyon and Bell Canyon loop is approximately 8 miles roundtrip. These hikes are very popular and in the spring time you will encounter a large number of other visitors.
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 Wild Horse Canyon Wilderness.
The canyon hike trailhead is located about 5 miles southwest of the entrance to Goblin Valley State Park and is fairly well marked. If coming from Temple Mountain Road, go to the right just before the entrance to Goblin Valley. There is a parking area and a toilet.
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.