Buckhorn Draw Road

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4.7/5 (10 reviews)
Huntington, Utah (Emery County)
Last Updated: 01/22/2022
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Buckhorn Draw is a stunningly scenic and well-graded gravel road, located in the northern section of the San Rafael Swell. This trail is highly recommended for breathtaking views. The San Rafael River is responsible for carving through several layers of sandstone and limestone over the course of millions of years. What remains now is known as “The Little Grand Canyon". The colorful, winding gorges can be seen nearby from a spectacular birds-eye view at The Wedge Overlook. Buckhorn Draw Road starts by weaving through steep towering canyons of mesas and buttes. Further ahead, the landscape opens to vast, barren plains and offers a more broad perspective of the massive, thousand-foot gorges spanned across in the background. Just off the trail are many ancient spectacles, such as rock art panels depicted by early Native Americans, as well as a prehistoric dinosaur footprint. The Swell is a place for solitude, while also inviting exploration for all types of adventurists.

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4.7/5 (10)
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Rated 5/5
Visited: 06/03/2023
Difficulty Accuracy: Spot On

As close to pavement as you can get on dirt. Doable in pretty much any vehicle. Well travelled with lots of places to camp along the way. Definitely worth checking out whether you are using this road as a jumping off point for other trails or just getting outside with the family.
Trail Review: Buckhorn Draw Road - Tanner Oberle
Trail Review: Buckhorn Draw Road - Tanner Oberle
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Open
Rated 4/5
Visited: 05/14/2023
Difficulty Accuracy: Easier

Just a dirt road, nothing crazy. Some good campsites along the way, don't think you can reserve them though. Stopping at the pictographs is a must.
Trail Review: Buckhorn Draw Road - Zach Hallett
Trail Review: Buckhorn Draw Road - Zach Hallett
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Rated 4/5
Visited: 04/16/2023
Difficulty Accuracy: Spot On

Very easy, just a dirt road but lots of things to see along the way. Lots of dust so make sure to leave some space between vehicles if traveling with a group. The wash panel stop is a must, so many pictographs to look at.
Trail Review: Buckhorn Draw Road - Carlo Donzelli
Trail Review: Buckhorn Draw Road - Carlo Donzelli
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Rated 5/5
Visited: 05/21/2022
Difficulty Accuracy: Easier

Fun exploration today. Today was all about chasing petroglyphs and pictographs. A couple of them were bucket list items for me, most specifically the pictograph of head of Sinbad. Big thanks goes out to Mike North for initially introducing me to the San Rafael swell. What an amazing place. Let me see if I can remember all of the dirt roads and trails we were on today. Buckhorn draw, unnamed road to connect to Kane Wash, Oil Flat road, Dugway, Local motive point, Eagle Canyon. In addition to the incredible pictographs, we also explored the 1921 cabin, the Swayze cabin. Including the cave behind the cabin that he used as his refrigerator/icebox.
Trail Review: Buckhorn Draw Road - Wade Norton
Trail Review: Buckhorn Draw Road - Wade Norton
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Rated 5/5
Visited: 01/22/2022

We drove in via the Green River Bypass from the East to visit an old railroad site and Chimeny Rock before driving South through this beautiful canyon. We stopped at a couple of things we hadn't stopped at in the past. The trail was very well-groomed. We saw many passenger cars along this route. There is a ton of free camping all along this trail. There is a cool dinosaur footprint at 39.160508, -110.729265 It's an easy walk up to a ledge above the road. I show it and a really nice campsite in the video. Camping 39.125129, -110.695352
Trail Review: Buckhorn Draw Road - Bobby Nelson
Trail Review: Buckhorn Draw Road - Bobby Nelson
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