Horse Pasture Canyon Trail


Horse Pasture Canyon (5025)

Description: The Horse Pasture Canyon Trail #025 is 4.1 miles long. The trailhead is located off Forest Road #178 (Deadman Point). The trail travels along the rim of Horse Pasture Canyon (~1.5 miles) with views into the canyon and Dark Canyon Wilderness, before dropping steeply into Horse Pasture Canyon. The trail continues along the riparian area in the bottom of Horse Pasture Canyon to end at Scorup Cabin, Forest Trail #006 (Dark Canyon East) and Forest Road #378 (Dark Canyon Corridor). This trail travels through Dark Canyon Wilderness, designated in 1984 and along an intermittent stream dropping from Elk Ridge to the bottom of Dark Canyon. The Wilderness was designated for its deep canyon graced with unique steep sandstone cliffs and a vast archeological record. Please leave what you find for future users to enjoy as well as for further research by archeologists. It is against the law to remove or disturb archeological resources. Scorup Cabin is a historic originally located in Rig Canyon for use by an oil company. J.A. Scorup moved it to its current location to use as accomodations for his cowhands from 1930 until the 1970s. Please use caution in/around the cabin and do not stay overnight in it.

This trail is in designated wilderness. This trail is very steep in some places and crosses some unstable surfaces. Be sure that you are comfortable in this type of terrain. This trail is often combined with other trails in Dark Canyon Wilderness for in-and-out and/or loop backpacking trips. One of the more popular overnight loops is to combine this trail with #006 (Dark Canyon East) and Forest Roads #154 (Deadman Point) and #088 (North Elk Ridge). Other trails it maybe combined with include: #006 (West Dark Canyon Trail), #007 (Trail Canyon), #023 (Brushy Knoll), #026 (Kigalia Canyon), #157 (Peavine Canyon), #161 (Rig Canyon) and #165 (Woodenshoe).

Trail conditions vary widely with weather events and during spring runoff. Check with the Monticello Ranger District for updated information.

Difficulty Level: This trail descends approximately 1,476 feet from Elk Ridge to the bottom of Horse Pasture Canyon.

Usage: Medium


Open to: Hiking and Horseback Riding.

Water: Water is only seasonally available in Dark Canyon Wilderness. Users should carry water as well as systems to purify water. Users should contact the USFS for current water availability information.

Restroom: There is no restroom available.

Operated by: Forest Service

Information Center: Monticello Ranger District (435) 587-2041

Directions: From Blanding, travel south on US-191 for approximately 3.9 miles. Turn right onto UT-95 and continue approximately 6.3 miles. Turn right onto South Elks Road #092 and travel approximately 19.9 miles. Turn right onto Elk Ridge Road #088 and travel approximately 10.9 miles. Turn left onto Deadman Point Road #178 and travel 1.1 miles to Horse Pasture Canyon Trail #025.

Latitude: 37 48’ 8.3”N (37.802296 Decimal Degrees)

Longitude: 109 47’ 45.1”W (-109.795858 Decimal Degrees)