The Great Gallery
ElevationAscent: 764' 233 m
Descent: -765' -233 m
High: 5,322' 1,622 m
Low: 4,703' 1,434 m
GradeAvg Grade: 4% (2°)
Max Grade: 27% (15°)
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“The Great Gallery, includes well-preserved, life-sized figures with intricate designs.”— Nicholas Shannon
Pets are prohibited on the trail or below the rim of Horseshoe Canyon.
Group size is limited to 20 people. Larger groups must arrange in advance to go with a ranger or split into smaller groups.
Visitors to this area should be prepared for unpredictable weather (such as rain or sand-shifting wind) that can quickly change road conditions from two-wheel-drive to four-wheel-drive condition. Check road conditions page or call ahead for the current road conditions at (435) 259-2652 between 8:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.
Horseshoe Canyon contains several intriguing rock art panels, including The Great Gallery, which features remarkable life-sized figures and intricate designs. Other highlights include spring wildflowers, sheer sandstone walls and shady cottonwood groves. Visiting every rock art panel involves a round-trip hike of seven miles, so a trip to Horseshoe Canyon usually requires a full day.
Be prepared for hiking on uneven terrain, over steep rocky areas and slogging through sand. The route to the "Great Gallery" is seven miles round-trip, requiring five hours or more. A steep descent of around 780 ft at the beginning of this hike means a steep climb back up at the end of your hike.
Native American rock art found in Horseshoe Canyon is most commonly painted in a style known as Barrier Canyon. This style is believed to date to the Late Archaic period, from 2000 BC to AD 500. During this time, nomadic groups of hunter-gatherers continued to make Horseshoe Canyon their seasonal home.
Though Horseshoe Canyon is most famous for its rock art, the canyons history has many chapters. Hundreds of years after the prehistoric artists left the area, Europeans arrived. Outlaws like Butch Cassidy made use of Horseshoe Canyon in the late 1800s, taking refuge in the confusing network of canyons, especially those around Robbers Roost to the southwest.
Once added to Canyonlands National Park in 1971, grazing & mineral exploration ended in Horseshoe Canyon.
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Land Manager: National Park Service - Canyonlands