Swasey's Leap

Green River, Utah ( County)

Last Updated: 11/17/2021
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Typically Open: Year Round
Length: 12.69 miles
Highest Elevation: 6513 feet
Duration: About 2 hours
Shape of Trail: Out & Back
Best Direction to Travel: N/A
Nearest Town: Green River
Nearest Town w/ Services: Green River
Official Road Name: Swasey's Leap
Management Agency: Bureau of Land Management
District: Price Field Office


Highlight: Swasey's Leap
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. There is even a poem to of this variation. 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. Combine this trail with Jackass Benches and Sulpher Springs to make for a day of adventure!


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The trailhead for Swasey's Leap lies at Waypoint 9 of Buckhorn Draw Road. There is a little sign noting it.

Directions to Trailhead

Starting Point: Green River, Utah

Head west on I-70. Take Exit 131 and proceed to the large, dirt parking area on the north side of the highway. This marks the end of Buckhorn Draw Road. Follow Buckhorn Draw Road in reverse to Waypoint 9. This is the trailhead for Swasey's Leap.



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TJ Bosworth

Mapping Crew - Utah

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!
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