The San Rafael Swell Northern Loop covers some of the most scenic views Central Utah has to offer. This route covers an amazing amount of areas in the San Rafael Swell, north of Interstate 70. From the amazing rock art and western outlaw lore in Buckhorn Wash to Utah’s famous ‘Little Grand Canyon’ at the Wedge Overlook.
This route is laid out assuming you would start from the north however one could complete the loop in either direction and starting at any point.
Buckhorn Wash, MK Tunnels (Government Caves), Dinosaur Footprint, Buckhorn Pictograph Panel, Swinging Bridge, Fix-It Pass, Devil’s Racetrack, Eva Conover Road, Fuller Bottom, Wedge Overlook.
(see notes for details on each location)
MK Tunnels: Map to MK Tunnels
Buckhorn Pictograph Panel:
This route is suitable to all high-clearance 4×4 vehicles with low-range and 33″ or larger tires, others are not recommended particularly on the Devils Racetrack Trail. Check conditions at the Fuller Bottom crossing of the San Rafael Swell River Plan to have at least a 100 mile (off-road) fuel capacity from one end of the loop to the other. The nearest fuel is Huntington, Ferron and Castle Dale to the west or Wellington to the north, both are along the common loop access points so spare fuel containers are not often needed. There are no services in these areas, plan to cover all your own water, food, vehicle and camping needs. It is not uncommon to spend days in this area without seeing other travelers, plan accordingly.