Gillis Ranch

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Go back in time and travel in the steps of the original settlers along the Gillis Ranch trail. The trail is a long, scenic tour of this remote, colorful part of the San Rafael Desert. The trail travels along a sandy and rocky track over rolling hills and the flood plains along the San Rafael River. There are two spots to enjoy the river. Near the western end are the old log cabins of Gillis Ranch. Three original cabins still stand, showing how they lived in this harsh landscape. You may need four-wheel drive on the soft sand and mild rocky hills. There are narrow ledges and a very tight switchback turn with Moab-like views. Camping is surprisingly limited to nonexistent along the route, but there are open sandy areas where you can set up for the night.