Hike to Wildhorse Window

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Distance

2 miles

Elevation Gain

200 ft

Route Type

Out-and-Back

Added by Jake Ward

Close to the road and off the beaten path.  This is a great late afternoon hike that's worth bringing the camera on.  Enjoy this slickrock stroll to a natural bridge called Wildhorse Window.

This quick 2-hour hike takes you across slickrock to a unique natural bridge where you can often find some solitude in the Swell. Be sure to include this on your way to Goblin Valley or while camping in the San Rafael area. The Wildhorse Window is not only incredibly beautiful and close to the road, it's also free, so take a jaunt and don't worry about paying the parks for this one - it's on BLM public use land. From the trailhead follow the cairns into the wash and then up the navajo slickrock. There is a trail that goes the entire way to the Window so be sure to keep your eyes peeled for cairns. My advice is try and spot the window from the trailhead so that you have a good idea of a general direction the trail will take you. You can do this by looking Northwest from your car for what looks like a cave in the sandstone cliffs.  

Wildhorse Window isn't only a great way to stretch your legs but it has a unique view through the sandstone towards the desert sky.  Don't leave your camera in the car for this one.  Remember that you will be in a dry/hot environment and it's a good idea to bring lots of water. Wildhorse Window will often get more attention in the evenings as it's a beautiful view of the stars. Please don't have fires on the rock, it scars the alcove for future visitors.   

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