Horn Silver Gulch | Western San Rafael Swell

Roadside Attraction Horn Silver Gulch - Western San Rafael Swell Roadside Attraction Horn Silver Gulch

Western San Rafael Swell

Overview

RATING: Roadside / Easy Hike
LENGTH: 1 hour
MAPS: HORN SILVER GULCH, UT

Sat

Sunny, with a high near 87. South wind 2 to 8 mph.

87 | 54

Sun

Sunny, with a high near 92.

92 | 60

Mon

Sunny, with a high near 94.

94 | 62

Tue

A slight chance of showers and thunderstorms after noon. Mostly sunny, with a high near 94.

94 | 63

Wed

A slight chance of showers and thunderstorms after noon. Mostly sunny, with a high near 94.

94 | 65

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SEASON: Any when roads are dry. Hot in the summer.
WATER: None

Sat

Sunny, with a high near 87. South wind 2 to 8 mph.

87 | 54

Sun

Sunny, with a high near 92.

92 | 60

Mon

Sunny, with a high near 94.

94 | 62

Tue

A slight chance of showers and thunderstorms after noon. Mostly sunny, with a high near 94.

94 | 63

Wed

A slight chance of showers and thunderstorms after noon. Mostly sunny, with a high near 94.

94 | 65

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Pictograph at Horn Silver Gulch

Pictograph at Horn Silver Gulch

Horn Silver Gulch, on the western side of the San Rafael Swell, is home to a few small but interesting rock art sites. The area, within a stone's throw of the road, has several red pictograph designs, a couple of petroglyphs, and more modern cowboy graffiti from the early 1900s. The site is fairly small, and not one I would recommend travelling far out of the way to visit, but its easy access makes it a great short stop if in the area. It is not too far from King's Crown, and worth visiting both at the same time.

The area was, likely, a seasonal transition path used by native peoples when moving from the lower elevation areas of the San Rafael Swell to the higher and cooler mountain areas west of Ferron and vice versa.

Horn Silver Gulch

Horn Silver Gulch

Getting There

From Ferron, UT, head east on 100 S (Molen Road). This is across the road from the Millsite Recreation Sign. Reset your odometer as you turn off main street and onto 100 S.

  • 3.0 - 4 way junction. Go right, toward Dutch Flat Desert.
  • 3.3 - Road turns to dirt.
  • 4.3 - Stay straight on main road through 4 way junction. The road begins heading east.
  • 5.6 - Stay straight (don't take the lesser right)
  • 7.5 - A side road goes off on each side of the road. These are for the Kings Crown Panel and the Ferron Box Panels panels, which are worth visiting if you have time. Otherwise, stay on the main Dutch Flat road, continuing east. The road descends and crosses open badlands
  • 13.3 - Cattleguard as the road passes through a canyon section of Horn Silver Gulch. The cattleguard is the trailhead.

Glen Pettey Signature

Glen Pettey Signature

Route

Rock Art and Historic Site Etiquette
Rock art and historic sites are fragile, non-renewable cultural resources that, once damaged, can never be replaced. To ensure they are protected, please:
  • Avoid Touching the Petroglyphs: Look and observe, BUT DO NOT TOUCH!
  • Stay on the Trails: Stay on the most used trails when visiting sites, and don't create new trails or trample vegetation.
  • Photography and Sketching is Allowed: Do not introduce any foreign substance to enhance the carved and pecked images for photographic or drawing purposes. Altering, defacing, or damaging the petroglyphs is against the law -- even if the damage is unintentional.
  • Pets: Keep pets on a leash and clean up after them.
  • Artifacts: If you happen to come across sherds (broken pottery) or lithics (flakes of stone tools), leave them where you see them. Once they are moved or removed, a piece of the past is forever lost.

From the cattle guard, walk up the west side of the fence line. There is a small pictograph and petroglyph panel under the overhang. Go back and up the east side of the fence, and follow the cliff band east for several more rock art sites and Glen Pettey's signature from 1920. I continued east along the cliff band for a bit after the Pettey signature but did not see any additional panels.


Maps

Printable Maps:
Silver Horn Gulch Cattle Guard

12S 503805mE 4320987mN

N39° 02' 17" W110° 57' 22"

Pictograph and Petroglyph

12S 503769mE 4321013mN

N39° 02' 17" W110° 57' 23"

Pictograph

12S 503786mE 4321021mN

N39° 02' 18" W110° 57' 22"

Pettey Singature

12S 503827mE 4321080mN

N39° 02' 20" W110° 57' 21"

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