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Little Wildhorse Canyon Hike

A youth group going through the narrows of Little Wildhorse Canyon.

Little Wildhorse Canyon is one of the most popular hikes near Goblin Valley State Park. Many people choose to hike up Little Wildhorse Canyon and down Bell Canyon.

Trip Report: May 15, 2010


Little Wild Horse Canyon near Goblin Valley State Park at EveryTrail

Saturday morning, we hiked Little Wild Horse Canyon. It was a really fun hike and was age-appropriate. We took is slow and took lots of picture in trees, along cliffs, and everywhere else we could imagine.

Little Wildhorse Canyon near Goblin Valley State Park, Utah
Little Wildhorse Canyon near Goblin Valley State Park, Utah
Little Wildhorse Canyon near Goblin Valley State Park, Utah
Little Wildhorse Canyon near Goblin Valley State Park, Utah
Little Wildhorse Canyon near Goblin Valley State Park, Utah
Little Wildhorse Canyon near Goblin Valley State Park, Utah
Little Wildhorse Canyon near Goblin Valley State Park, Utah

Zac and I shimmied up a crack on the side of a cliff and Zac showed me up by climbing down the cliff, which I wimped out on.

Little Wildhorse Canyon near Goblin Valley State Park, Utah
Little Wildhorse Canyon near Goblin Valley State Park, Utah
Little Wildhorse Canyon near Goblin Valley State Park, Utah
Little Wildhorse Canyon near Goblin Valley State Park, Utah
Little Wildhorse Canyon near Goblin Valley State Park, Utah
Little Wildhorse Canyon near Goblin Valley State Park, Utah
Little Wildhorse Canyon near Goblin Valley State Park, Utah
Little Wildhorse Canyon near Goblin Valley State Park, Utah
Little Wildhorse Canyon near Goblin Valley State Park, Utah

When we got to some standing water in the canyon, everyone turned back except for Ondy, Zac, and me.

Little Wildhorse Canyon near Goblin Valley State Park, Utah
Little Wildhorse Canyon near Goblin Valley State Park, Utah
Little Wildhorse Canyon near Goblin Valley State Park, Utah

We were told to meet everyone at the parking lot within a half-hour of when they got back. So we raced ahead, chimneying across the water and stopped and took pictures at the holey wall. Then we turned back to catch up to the group.

Little Wildhorse Canyon near Goblin Valley State Park, Utah
Little Wildhorse Canyon near Goblin Valley State Park, Utah

We got held up when a group of one million kids and their adult escorts were crossing the great water passage.

When they got through, we ran full speed down the canyon.

Little Wildhorse Canyon near Goblin Valley State Park, Utah

Ondy dropped out of the race first, then Zac stopped running too. The only thing keeping me going was knowing what Zac would say if he beat me. So we booked it down the canyon and caught up to the group before they even got out of the canyon.

I went like I was going to keep running, but Tara would have none of it. I'd left her behind once already. Eventually she relented, and Zac and I raced neck-and-neck to the parking lot. Zac says he would have beat me if he hadn't tripped going up a hill, but he was just making excuses. Seriously, I had him beat fair and square.

Little Wildhorse Canyon near Goblin Valley State Park, Utah
Little Wildhorse Canyon near Goblin Valley State Park, Utah
Little Wildhorse Canyon near Goblin Valley State Park, Utah