San Rafael River Road/Mexican Mountain

Castle Dale, Utah (Emery County)

Last Updated: 02/22/2018
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Highlight: San Rafael River Road/Mexican Mountain
Tucked into the northern portion of the San Rafael Swell lies Mexican Mountain, a mound of black and red/orange Coconino Sandstone. The San Rafael Swell is one of the most unique geological areas in the world, carved away by wind and water and leaving behind some incredible features. The northern area of the swell is home to The Wedge, also known as the Little Grand Canyon, as well as Buckhorn Draw which boasts multiple pictographs and petroglyphs left by the Fremont Indians over 2,000 years ago. The small but mighty San Rafael River carved its way through this area leaving patches of lush vegetation creating many incredible camping opportunities. Running alongside this river is the San Rafael River Road/Mexican Mountain Trail, which takes you from San Rafael Bridge Campground off of Buckhorn Draw and back toward the mountain itself. Although well maintained, this off-road trail is well worth your time for some of the most incredible scenery within the San Rafael Swell.

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The trailhead for San Rafael River Road/Mexican Mountain begins in the equestrian portion of the Swinging Bridge campground, just north of the San Rafael River.

Directions to Trailhead

Starting Point: Huntington, Utah

Head east on Center Street. In 0.9 miles, Center Street will turn into River Road. Continue to follow for 2.8 miles. Turn right onto 200 North (332/Buffalo Rd) and follow for 12.4 miles. At this intersection, turn left (east) onto Green River Cutoff (401) and continue for 2.4 miles. At this point, you will be at the trailhead for Buckhorn Draw.

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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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