Honaker Trail

Coordinates: 37°11′35″N 109°57′03″W / 37.19306°N 109.95083°W / 37.19306; -109.95083[1]

The Honaker Trail is a hiking trail located near Goosenecks State Park in southeastern Utah. Built in the late 1890s and early 1900s as a supply route for gold prospectors, the 2.5-mile (4.0 km) trail connects the deeply entrenched San Juan River with the canyon rim over 1,200 feet (370 m) above.[2] Popular with geologists, the trail serves as the type locality for the Pennsylvanian Honaker Trail Formation. Fossilized crinoids and brachiopods, as well as trace fossils of other organisms are visible along portions of the trail.[3]

Honaker Trail
Length2.5 mi (4.0 km)
LocationSan Juan County, Utah
Elevation change1,210 ft (370 m)
Highest pointCanyon rim, 5,160 ft (1,570 m)
Lowest pointSan Juan River, 4,150 ft (1,260 m)


  1. ^ "Honaker Trail". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey, United States Department of the Interior. 31 December 1979. Retrieved 16 January 2010.
  2. ^ Westwood, Dick (1992). Rough-water man: Elwyn Blake's Colorado River expeditions. University of Nevada Press. p. 23. ISBN 978-0-87417-188-4.
  3. ^ Hopkins, Ralph Lee (2002). Hiking the Southwest's Geology: Four Corners Region. The Mountaineers Books. p. 123. ISBN 978-0-89886-856-2.