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Horseshoe Springs – Skull Valley, Utah
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Overview
Location

Skull Valley, Utah

Sights

Horseshoe Springs, waterfowl, fish, Skull Valley

Distance

<200 yards in total walking

Parking Lot Elevation

4297 ft

Time Required

< 1/2 hour

Pets

Allowed

Fees

None

Water Info

Brackish (salty) water

Best Season

Spring, or fall. There will be lots of bugs around the warmer months

Trail Condition

Boardwalk and dirt path mix

Restrooms

None

Camping

Yes. Across the street there is the Skull Valley Offroad Camping Area

GPS Coordinates:

Horseshoe Springs: 40.61419, -112.7094

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Driving Directions


The Trail:

Horseshoe Springs

Horseshoe Springs is located right off the Skull Valley Road about 10 miles south of the I-80 exit.  The parking lot is located a few hundred yards from Skull Valley Rd and the springs are located right where you park on BLM land.

It is important to note right off that there were a ton of bugs when I went in early March. Mosquitoes, gnats, flys and other bugs were plentiful and annoying.

From the parking lot, you will cross a bridge which takes you over a narrow canal which also has brackish water.  The trail is a part wooden boardwalk and part dirt path.  The path winds around the two ponds and meets back up at the parking lot.

Horseshoe Springs

I was surprised to learn that there are fish inside the ponds such as Largemouth bass, Carp and mosquito fish.  You are allowed to fish with the proper permits of course.  As I walked around the short boardwalk trail I could see some of the fish and also some waterfowl.

Nice boardwalk trail

Nice boardwalk trail

Horseshoe Springs Horseshoe Springs Horseshoe Springs

Looking west to the Cedar Mountains

Looking west to the Cedar Mountains

The springs are not fresh water.  They are definitely a little salty so don’t drink from them unless you want to get sick.  I was also surprised to find that the springs are somewhat warm too.  One website I found stated that the springs are around 73 degrees Fahrenheit.

Horseshoe Springs in the Winter

I revisited Horseshoe Springs in the Winter and found it just as interesting as in the warmer months.  You could see the steam rising from the springs and the water felt nice and warm even though the air temperature was about 17 degrees.  The water is really not hot but it is warm enough to make you consider jumping in!

Personal Thoughts:

Horseshoe Springs was a neat little place to explore.  I was even more intrigued by this area when I learned that some pioneers and explorers not only passed by these same springs but even made mention of them in their journals.  There are signs at the parking lot which mention that this was part of the Hastings Cutoff historic trail to California for travelers 150+ years ago.  You can still see some of their wagon ruts if you look carefully too.

Horseshoe Springs

Horseshoe Springs

Horseshoe Springs

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Great photos Jeff. This would be a place I want to visit in the fall.