San Rafael River Road/Mexican Mountain

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4/5 (1 reviews)
Castle Dale, Utah (Emery County)
Last Updated: 02/22/2018

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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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4/5 (1)
Rated 4/5
Visited: 05/20/2023

Nice views of the San Rafael River, ending at the narrows. It is worth it to go to the end of the road... the views are some of the most unique you'll find. Gets a little rough towards the end. Maybe a 1.5 to a 2?

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