Utah's Lit­tle Grand Canyon

Serve Daily - - COMMUNITY - By Ed Helmick for Serve Daily

The ge­o­graphic area known as The Wedge on the north­ern slope of the San Rafael Swell is where the San Rafael River has eroded into a deep canyon. The Wedge Over­look pro­vides views of the San Rafael River Gorge that is lo­cally called Utah’s Lit­tle Grand Canyon. When you look off the canyon rim into this mas­sive canyon you will un­der­stand why it is com­pared to the fa­mous canyon in Ari­zona. The name on topo­graph­i­cal maps comes from the San Rafael River and Buck­horn Wash form­ing a point in the land that the early ranch­ers sim­ply called “The Wedge.” There are sev­eral spectacular view­points along the top of the canyon wall. The river be­low winds east and will eventu- ally end up meeting the Green River.

To get to get to the Wedge over­look drive to Price and then south on Utah High­way 10, just be­fore you get to the town of Cas­tle Dale is a turn off to your left (west) ac­cess­ing San Rafael Swell des­ti­na­tion. The land­mark for the turnoff is an old and pho­to­genic cor­ral com­plex. This be­gins the twenty-mile drive on a graded gravel road to the Wedge Over­look. The road is the Buck- horn Flat road and is well marked, all you have to do is fol­low the signs. Af­ter about 14 miles, you will ar­rive at a four- way road in­ter­sec­tion with a BLM sign direct­ing you to turn south for 6 miles to the Wedge Over­look. When you ar­rive at the canyon rim you will find pic­nic ta­bles, re­strooms and camp­sites are

avail­able but no wa­ter. As is typ­i­cal of driv­ing in the Swell, you must bring your own wa­ter and plenty of it.

As an added point of in­ter­est, when you turn off Utah 10 north of Cas­tle Dale you are turn­ing on to the Buck­horn Flat road which even­tu­ally turns into the Green River Cut­off. This road con­nects with US 6 and the town of Green River. The Green River Cut­off is cov­ered as a sep­a­rate des­ti­na­tion route in this book. Be­fore I-70 this was the main road be­tween Green River and Cas­tle Dale, Utah.

When you leave the Wedge Over­look area and drive back north about 6 miles to the big four-way in­ter­sec­tion, you can turn right (east), which will take you to the Buck­horn Wash Road which will be a topic for an­other day or con­tinue east on the road known as the Green River Cut­off to High­way 6. It is a scenic drive on a good road, ex­cept dur­ing storms. The Green River Cut­off con­nects with High­way 6 about 17 miles north of I-70 and the town of Green River. Turn to the left (north­bound) on High­way 6 and this will take you back to Price and on home for an amaz­ing loop drive.

Photo: Ed Helmick­avail­able,

The Wedge Over­look.

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