Crack Canyon (San Rafael Swell, UT) ◉

Difficulty: Beginner

Length: 5.2 miles round trip

Elevation Gain: 350 feet

Dog Friendly: Yes


Trailhead coordinates (copy + paste): 38.6432, -110.7460

Directions: Turn off of SR-24 onto Temple Mountain Road. After 7.3 miles, take a left onto Behind the Reef Road. Drive 4 miles to the parking area, where there is a sign for Crack Canyon. Note: this route travels on well-maintained dirt roads.


A strikingly beautiful slot behind Goblin Valley State Park, Crack Canyon is the perfect day-hike adventure for the whole family. Beginning on a washed out dirt road, the trail enters the canyon after about a mile. There are two technical sections which involve climbing down drops (around eight feet high), so it's best to go with a buddy who can hold your things while you climb. The trail varies between wide, open areas and narrow slot sections, and descends at a very mild incline. You will reach a natural stopping point after about 2.6 miles, at which point you can turn around and head back the way you came. With places to climb around and plenty of photogenic moments, this hike has something for everybody. Just remember to check the weather before you leave cell service range, and keep an eye on the skyflash floods do happen.

Crack Canyon hike, Utah
Crack Canyon, Utah
Crack Canyon, Utah

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