Horse Pasture Canyon Trail

Area Status: Open
This area is Open

The Horse Pasture Canyon Trail #025 is 4.1 miles long.  The trailhead is located off Forest Road #178 (Deadman Point).  The trail travels along the rim of Horse Pasture Canyon (1.5 miles) with views into the canyon and Dark Canyon Wilderness, before dropping steeply into Horse Pasture Canyon.  The trail continues along the riparian area in the bottom of Horse Pasture Canyon to end at Scorup Cabin, Forest Trail #006 (Dark Canyon East) and Forest Road #378 (Dark Canyon Corridor).  This trail travels through Dark Canyon Wilderness, designated in 1984 and along an intermittent stream dropping from Elk Ridge to the bottom of Dark Canyon.  The Wilderness was designated for its deep canyon graced with unique steep sandstone cliffs and a vast archeological record.  Please leave what you find for future users to enjoy as well as for further research by archeologists.  It is against the law to remove or disturb archeological resources. Scorup Cabin is a historic originally located in Rig Canyon for use by an oil company.  J.A. Scorup moved it to its current location to use as accommodations for his cowhands from 1930 until the 1970s.  Please use caution in/around the cabin and do not stay overnight in it.  This trail is in designated wilderness.  This trail is very steep in some places and crosses some unstable surfaces.  Be sure that you are comfortable in this type of terrain.  This trail is often combined with other trails in Dark Canyon Wilderness for in-and-out and/or loop backpacking trips.  One of the more popular overnight loops is to combine this trail with #006 (Dark Canyon East) and Forest Roads #154 (Deadman Point) and #088 (North Elk Ridge).  Other trails it maybe combined with include: #006 (West Dark Canyon Trail), #007 (Trail Canyon), #023 (Brushy Knoll), #026 (Kigalia Canyon), #157 (Peavine Canyon), #161 (Rig Canyon) and #165 (Woodenshoe).



Elevation Change: This trail descends approximately 1,476 feet from Elk Ridge to the bottom of Horse Pasture Canyon.

North East End (Road #178):  8,599 feet

South West End (Trail #006):  7,162 feet

Click here for graph of Elevation Change

At a Glance

Current Conditions: Trail conditions vary widely with weather events and during spring runoff.  Check with the Monticello Ranger District for updated information.
Open Season: May 2018
Usage: Medium
Restrictions: Open to: Hiking and Horseback Riding.
Closest Towns: Blanding, UT
Water: Water is only seasonally available in Dark Canyon. Users should carry water and purifying kit.
Restroom: None
Operated By: Forest Service
Information Center: Monticello Ranger District (435) 587-2041

General Information


From Blanding, travel south on US-191 for approximately 3.9 miles.  Turn right onto UT-95 and continue approximately 6.3 miles.  Turn right onto South Elks Road #092 and travel approximately 19.9 miles.  Turn right onto Elk Ridge Road #088 and travel approximately 10.9 miles.  Turn left onto Deadman Point Road #178 and travel 1.1 miles to Horse Pasture Canyon Trail #025.

General Notes:

Latitude: 37 48' 8.3"N

Longitude: 109 47' 45.1"W

Datum: NAD83

Position Format: Degrees Minutes Seconds (hddd mm' ss.s")

Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information



Hide detail HIDE

Day Hiking


Horse Riding & Camping

Show detail SHOW
Areas & Activities


  Area/Length : 
4.1 miles

  Latitude : 

  Longitude :