San Rafael Country

San Rafael Swell, also known as San Rafael Country Utah, is an outdoor adventure loaded with color and contrast with majestic mountain peaks; great for summer hiking and winter snowshoeing and skiing adventures. Beautiful desert badlands full of surprises such as wild horses and wild burros, both survivors of the Old Spanish Trail. Hundreds of Native American rock art panels, many images thousands of years old. As well as thousands of dinosaur fossils, dated over one hundred million years old. Graceful winding canyon gorges twisting a thousand feet below you. There is even an area locally referred to as “The Little Grand Canyon”.

There is truly something for everyone in this hidden mountainous desert wonderland: golfing, hiking, biking, kayaking, canyoneering, camping, lodging, fishing, boating, rafting, bouldering, geocaching, OHVing, cross-country skiing, snowmobile, 4×4, rock hounding, horseback riding, hunting and so much more. This includes scenic auto touring, which we will help you navigate with the detailed map included in this guide.

San Rafael Country is blessed with landscapes of vast scenic variety, friendly locals, affordable lodging, hundreds of campsites, and NO CROWDS. We are confident you will enjoy a superior vacation experience. Sure, you may see other people. In fact, you might even see a few dozen vehicles during peak seasons. It is “Nature in the Raw”. It is experiencing the backcountry of Utah before the rest of the world discovers it…. Would you like to discover a vacation experience that is getting harder and harder to find? Then get off the beaten path. That is where you will find the roads less traveled.

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Visitor Information

Emery County Travel Bureau

888-564-3600 toll-free
(435) 381-3560 local

Wedge Overlook
The Wedge East
Little Wild Horse Canyon
Buckhorn Wash
Millsite State Park
Green River State Park
San Rafael Swell
Huntington State Park Campground Road
Joe's Valley
Goblin Valley State Park
Cleveland Lloyd Dinosaur Quarry