The Buckhorn Draw section of the San Rafael Swell is a pretty area of steep canyons. It is located in the northern section of the Swell, north of I-70. There are several great attractions in or near it, including The Wedge Overlook, the San Rafael Bridge and the Buckhorn Wash Pictograph panel. The scenic drives leading to it travel through more rolling country dotted with junipers.
There are quite a few canyons in the area to explore, mostly unmarked, but there are plenty of social
trails to follow for as long as you are comfortable. For a longer excursion, 1-2 days, you can hike
from Fuller Bottom to the San Rafael Bridge through the stunning "Little Grand Canyon". If you are doing a self guided trip, check with the BLM first to see about current river conditions and warnings.
There are many turnoffs for camping spots on Buckhorn Draw Road(Co Rd. 332) including the steep canyon areas near to the Buckhorn Wash Pictograph Panel. These are primitive camping sites with no facilities or water. These primitive sites are free. The San Rafael Bridge Recreation Site is right near here as well, it has a few more facilities like toilets and picnic table but no water, and is a pay site. This is what you might consider extreme car camping, as there are no facilities for many miles.
Taking a drive is a scenic way to see to the Buckhorn Draw Area. This is also a
popular spot to bike to.The San Rafael River is right there to enjoy. You can horseback ride or float from Fuller Bottom to the San Rafael Bridge. If you are doing a self guided trip, check with the BLM first to see about current river conditions and warnings.
This is a very isolated area serviced by gravel roads which can sometimes be impassable after storms. It is not terribly well marked and having a good map is essential. A GPS unit could also prove helpful. If coming from Castle Dale, the road you turn right on is not well marked but there is a corral at the intersection, and it is about a mile north of town. You can check out the Map Page to see the location of the Buckhorn Wash Pictograph Panel, which is central to this area, and see an overview of the area.
There is no water available
Restrooms by the Buckhorn Wash Pictograph Panel and the San Rafael Bridge Recreation Site
BLM - Price Field Office
125 S 600 W
Price, UT 84501
Things to Consider
This is an isolated area, bring everything you need or think you might need with you. Spring and Fall are good times to visit with more moderate temperatures. Seek shelter during thunderstorms, lightning and flooding dangers are high. Don't camp or park in washes. Roads can sometimes be impassable after storms. Be sure to fill up your gas tank in Green River, Castle Dale or other town that is your starting point. Drink plenty of water.