Also known as Swazy’s Leap or Sid’s Leap, this trail is named for a narrow but deep gorge in the Lower Black Box Canyon of the San Rafael River. Local folklore has it that Sid Swasey bet his brother, Charlie that he could jump his horse over the 14-foot wide, 60-foot deep gap. The story goes that he completed the jump and won the bet. Another variation is that Sid was running from the law and made the jump to escape. Even though you can no longer drive all the way to the site of this feat (it is a two-mile hike past the locked gate at the Mexican Mountain Wilderness Study Area boundary), the trail offers quiet solitude, easy offroading, and spectacular high desert scenery.
Turn right off of Buckhorn Draw Road and head northeast on a two-track dirt trail. You will pass another entrance/exit coming in from Buckhorn Draw Road from the north and a sign for Sinkhole Flat and Jackass Benches as the track curves around to head southeast.
Take exit 131 off of I-70 and proceed to the large, dirt parking area on the north side of the highway. From there go east on the well-maintained gravel road toward Buckhorn Draw and Wedge Overlook. The road will pass the trailhead for Rattlesnake Flats as it curves to the north. At 5.1 miles you will pass The Sinkhole and at 5.7 miles the trailhead will be on the right.
Born and raised in Salt Lake City, Utah, he's only been off-roading since he was 16 but fell in love immediately. He attended college in Denver for Culinary Arts and Restaurant Management and wheeled in Colorado for 4 years, but ended up moving back home to Salt Lake City. He currently works in an off-road shop and spends his free time doing anything he can to stay busy, which is usually working on his jeep or playing music. Outside of off-roading, he is an avid whitewater rafter and outdoor cook. Camping at least every other weekend in any season is a normal year. The further from civilization, the better. Bring on the memories!