Wild Horse Butte, Utah


Desert Magnificence
April 2013 - On a visit to southeast Utah, I couldn't help but notice this spectacular mountain named Wild Horse Butte in the San Rafael Swell region. This is near Goblin Valley State Park and the trailhead to Little Wild Horse Canyon and Bell Canyon. This page is my tribute to this Utah landmark.

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Wild Horse Butte, Utah
Approaching Wild Horse Butte for the first time, there was not a cloud in the sky. Beyond the left bend in the road is the Goblin Valley State Park visitor center.

Goblin Valley State Park, Utah
Hoodoos in the foreground as I wandered in Goblin Valley State Park.

Wild Horse Butte, UT
For this picture and the one directly below, these are the views of Wild Horse Butte as I hiked on the Carmel Canyon Trail.
Wild Horse Butte, Utah
Pretty shades of the desert in the foreground.
Wild Horse Butte, Utah
Leaving Goblin Valley State Park, I took a plethora of photos.
Wild Horse Butte, Utah
A geologic wonder, no doubt.
Wild Horse Butte, Utah
Beautiful and brown.

The Next Day
Wild Horse Butte, Utah
The next day, I returned to hike Little Wild Horse Canyon. The sky was overcast. The butte was as beautiful as ever.
Wild Horse Butte, Utah
I suppose you could call this the "back side" of Wild Horse Butte. :)

Figuring Out How To Reach The Summit
I've wondered if there's a reasonable way to hike/climb to the summit, and after some research and communicating with the Colorado/Utah climbing community, there is no documentation of anyone reaching the top by foot. Apparently there is a marker at the top that was placed by a helicopter, but that's it.

My friend Brian, a climber who's website is Brian In The Wild, sent me this possible route. Funny. Yeah, he wants down! :)

Route


I searched YouTube for ANYTHING about this butte. All I can find is this one guy hiking on a ridge.

Gazing At Her Beauty

My video. You're invited to subscribe to my YouTube channel: www.youtube.com/kisscactus.

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