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Trails

in Castle Country

Castle Country is full of trails available for your recreational pleasure.  While many physical brochures are available to you for free at Utah’s Castle Country Information Center in the Prehistoric Museum as well as the local Ranger Stations and State Parks we thought we'd provide you with links to a couple major maps that you might find helpful:

Please look through our many available trails below and remember that if you do choose to go into the backcountry, be prepared and tell someone where you'll be.

The San Rafael Swell represents one of Castle Country's best areas for hiking.  For a little more specific information related to areas and hikes to take please click here to view our Hiking in San Rafael Swell page.

Castle Valley Ridge Loop - Castle Valley Ridge Trail System

  • Biking, Hiking, Horseback
  • Difficult
  • 24-48 hours
The Castle Valley Ridge Loop provides panoraic views into valley 3,000 feet below. Along with superb views of the Book Cliff Mountains and San Rafael Swell.

The Wedge / Buckhorn Wash

  • Biking, Hiking, Horseback
  • Easy
The Wedge overlooks the San Rafael River as it flows through the "Little Grand Canyon," and is a dizzying viewpoint of this fantastically eroded gorge.

Castle Valley Ridge

  • Biking, Hiking, Horseback
  • Difficult
  • 5-6 Hours
The Castle Valley Ridge Trail provides some breath taking views into Castle Valley and the desert country of Southeastern Utah. Along the way there are outstanding views of the valleys 3,000 feet below, as well as the Book Cliffs and the San Rafael Swell to the east.

Sawmill Canyon Loop - Castle Valley Ridge Trail System

  • Biking, Hiking, Horseback
  • Moderate
  • 2.5 - 3 Hours
The Sawmill Canyon Loop is an 11 mile loop that levels out at 10,000 feet, providing spectacular views into Huntington Canyon and beyond.

Second Water Loop - Castle Valley Ridge Trail System

  • Hiking, Horseback
  • Intermediate, Difficult, Advanced
  • 5-6 Hours
Second Water Trail provides some breath taking views into The Castle Valley and the Southeastern Utah desert. This 14-mile loop is a challenging experience for hikers and horseback riders.

Harvey Trestle Loop Road

  • Biking, Hiking
  • Easy
This Harvey Trestle Trail route explores the terrain to the west of Price and passes sandstone spires, towering cliffs, and deep gorges, as well as petroglyphs, waterfalls, and a massive railroad bridge.

Nine Mile Canyon

  • Biking, Hiking, Horseback
  • Moderate
Nine Mile Canyon is an outdoor museum of sorts, being famous for its prehistoric Fremont Indian ruins, petroglyphs and pictographs. There are more of these sites concentrated in this area than anywhere else in the West.

Prickly Pear / Harmon Canyon

  • Biking, Hiking, Horseback
  • Advanced
The Prickly Pear/Harmon Cayon trail is an advanced adventure through some of the state's most remote lands, with an estimated 10,000 sites.

The Arapeen Trail

  • ATV
The Arapeen OHV System is located in south central Utah in the Manti-Lasal National Forest.

Mexican Mountain

  • Biking, Hiking
  • Intermediate
This is a classic backcountry desert tour that can be enjoyed by cyclists of all abilities.

Price River Trail

  • Biking, Hiking
  • Easy
The Price River Trail is a 1.34 mile paved walkway that connects on side of Price to the other.

Crystal Geyser

  • Biking, Hiking
  • Moderate
Crystal Geyser may not be the most faithful of erupting geysers, but it makes for a fine intermediate cycling destination.

Goblin Valley

  • Biking, Hiking
  • Intermediate
No visit to Castle Country would be complete without a visit to Goblin Valley State Park. The fantastic rock formations here are an outdoor playground that inspire the imagination.

Luke's Trail

  • Biking, Hiking
  • Easy, Moderate, Intermediate, Difficult, Advanced
There is a single track for you enjoyment in the hills behind the town of Price.

Kenilworth Loop

  • Biking, Hiking
  • Moderate
The Kenilworth loop begins in Price and turns around in the town of Kenilworth, home to one of the area's first coal mines.

Wattis / Cove Loop

  • Biking, Hiking
  • Moderate
Wattis/Cove Loop is a 19 mile loop is suitable for the intermediate rider and offers spectacular views of the Castle Country Region including the Book Cliffs, Castle Valley Ridge and the San Rafael Swell.

Mounds / Price River Overlook

  • Biking, Hiking
  • Moderate
This is an excellent beginner-intermediate ride that traverses the high desert to the southeast of Price. Observant riders will see Pronghorn antelope, deer, as well as birds of prey.