HORSESHOE CANYON, Utah — In a remote arm of Canyonlands National Park, deep inside a warren of rock and sand, is one of the greatest and most mysterious collections of ancient art in North America.
Towering, enigmatic pictographs, some more than 6,000 years old, stare down from stone walls, their meaning unknown yet their allure universal.
This is Horseshoe Canyon, one of the loneliest places you’re likely to find in this country, nestled amid southeast Utah’s labyrinth of slickrock, arches and desert.
I had explored Canyonlands before but never Horseshoe, notorious for its unforgiving terrain.
But last year I decided it was a risk worth taking and, better yet, a risk worth taking with my two children, who were yearning for a bit of adventure after a long, cold winter.
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