The entrance to the canyon just before the Bell / Little Wild Horse split was under water so we had to climb up and bypass this obstacle on the left side. Little Wild Horse Canyon was great fun, and the kids had a blast in the narrow sections. We turned around at the next watery section a couple miles into the canyon.
I worked for a season at Goblin Valley and hiked this canyon multiple times did the loop in both directions. Great hike and worth the visit.
Hiked Little Wild Horse Canyon thrice now: first time I nearly fell off a cliff and perished, the second time I hiked up to a little butte near the trailhead, and the third time was at night. This is a very scenic canyon, we always just hike as far as we want and then turn around. I would suggest, should you hike this in the daytime, be sure to climb up the ledges that line the canyon and be sure to take note of the tight narrows as you hike through. A truly unique experience, however, is Little Wild Horse at night. Climbing up the rock jams and gazing up at the infinite sea of stars, framed through the sheer walls of the canyon, is something you just have to experience for yourself. Would definitely recommend a hike of Little Wild Horse Canyon!
These canyons are outstandingly beautiful. My wife and I hiked up Bell canyon and then down Little Wild Horse Canyon. The slots in Little Wild Horse were amazing. I can't wait until I can go back and explore more of this region.
1st: 4/17/16 - With Rachael, up Little Wild Horse and down Bell. LWH is the more interesting and we would probably just go up and down that one if we repeated. The narrows section was wet and it was a lot of fun stemming across it to try and avoid the water.
2nd: 2/26/17 - With Rachael, did the whole loop again, Bell was more fun than we remembered from the first time actually, it was definitely worth the repeat. The narrows in LWH are great, nice and long. Dry this time.
A good introduction to slot canyons.
October 10 2014
April 24 2010
and mellow. So pretty.
February 18 2018
Shaylee, Justin, and I hiked up Bell Canyon and down Little Wildhorse Canyon. We took the more scenic, but more rugged shortcut through a notch and down a side canyon of Little Wildhorse. It was a nice hike, but the narrows weren't quite as impressive as the slanted slot in West Fork White Roost. We had to stem across several pools. I was able to stay dry other than dipping the bottom of my shoe in one pool, but the others got wet.
After hiking Bell and Little Wildhorse, we headed for the Wildhorse Window, which is a big potty arch. It was really windy and the blowing sand was unpleasant at times.
October 10 2014
Kimberly, Kessler, Shaylee, and I did a variation of the Little Wildhorse/Bell Canyon Loop. After hiking up Little Wildhorse, which is always a pleasure, we got to a pool of water. This was the perfect excuse to try a proposed cutoff that I have wondered about for years.
Little Wildhorse Canyon has a small west fork which I hadn't been to. I had proposed for a long time that the west fork might make an interesting shortcut. We decided to try it. We explored the west fork and had to pass several drop-offs along the way. We ended up in a maze of interesting canyons. The left most fork ended in a fall, but we tried another fork which went all the way to the rim.
After some exploring around, I found a break in the cliffs and the others followed. It was a steep descent, but we found our way into Bell Canyon which we followed back through the San Rafael Reef and to our vehicle. I don't know if the "shortcut" really saves any time, but it was an interesting route.
Later in the day we headed for Goblin Valley to do some exploring. The kids took off to do some exploring and playing tag on their own, which Kimberly and I climbed the highest non-technical butte for the views.
Later that evening and near dark Kessler and I explored the ridge above the campground leading to Wildhorse Butte.
It was a fantastic day and we packed a lot of fun in.
April 24 2010
I hiked this one with my two kids, ages 5 and 7. The original plan was to climb the west face of Mount Democrat, a Colorado 14er, but a storm and avalanche warnings put an end to that plan. Plan B was to take the kids down to the Rifle area for some hiking in the state park, but heavy rains put an end to plan B too. The weather forecast was good for the San Rafael Swell area of Utah, so Kessler, Shaylee and I headed over there.
After driving through a snowstorm the night before, we got up early in the morning and left Green River for Little Wildhorse Canyon under completely blue skies on a pretty warm morning. We started up the canyon, but weren’t sure if we could make it up a new obstacle that was rumored to be there. The canyon was a lot of fun and had a few fun climbing obstacles, but nothing serious. The rumored obstacle was easily passed and the kids had fun with it.
After getting through Little Wildhorse Canyon we headed west along the old 4wd track to the head of Bell Canyon which we descended back to the trailhead. Bell Canyon is another fun one with some minor obstacles. We completed the eight mile loop in seven hours including all the messing around time in the canyons. It was a great trip.
At age 18, I hiked the canyon with my future wife. We were married three months later.
I hiked the canyon with my dad and brother, but water stopped us from going that far. There weren't many people visiting the canyon back then.
At age 8, I hiked it with my dad and the Sierra Club back when it used to be a "secret place". The canyon was filled with water so the others wanted to turn back.
This was a great loop, enjoyed it so much I brought my wife & kids back to do this again later in the season.
Fantastic desert hike! Completed it with Steph. Went up Little Wild Horse and back down Bell. Only hiccup was overcoming the small cliff line with my dog, Chip. Had to hoist and pull him up and over. Overall, quality slot canyon hike, with relatively easy terrain, it was very enjoyable.
With eve... we went just between groups and had it to ourselves except for the parking lot...
Tons of people but still nice. Also did it 20 some years ago when there were no signs, no parking lot, a rough road, and no one but us.
Did this with Brian---had a blast!
Camped on the edge of the canyon, can't wait to the other canyons in San Rafael.
A beautiful slot canyon, easily accessible, and friendly even for kids. Had a wonderful time over there, and can't wait to get back.
Did both during a Goblin Valley trip...totally worth doing and a great place to take newbies!
Worth the drive!
good times with Robin and Erik- new kind of adventure for us.