a VirtualTourist member from Apeldoorn asked on Mar 7, 2008
Saw some fantastic pictures of the Caineville Badlands and tried to find more specific information. VT offers just three 'hits' (not very informative) and the Rough Guide to Southwest USA hasn't any info at all. Googling for 'caineville badlands' offers some information, but I still miss something.
- where to find these badlands exactly (coming from Hanksville) ??
- any website with a map af the Caineville Badlands ??
- accessible on foot ??
Hi Jaap, still looking for info I see. The caineville badlands are between Hanksville and Capitol Reef N.P. You can park up your car and have a wander away from the road but apart from the buttes there is nothing much else to see. There used to be a town here but it seems to have pretty much disappeared. There are some good pics here : [original link]
You need to put the capital letters G and C in GrandCircle or the link won't work. Enjoy.
In my opinion the land past Capitol Reef to Hanksville is the ugliest part of Utah. I always hated that part of our drives. Now they say it is Cainesville Badlands? Pfft
However you may enjoy the colors of that barren landscape. Nothing organized out there, just take your time and if you have an ATV then you can drive to your hearts content.
'paul' and 'Segolily': are the Bentonite Hills and Caineville Badlands the same or are these hills just a part of the badlands ??
Bentonite is actually a type of mineral, can be black or green and that gives the colour in some of the buttes in the area. That being said, on the Cathedral Valley road which becomes part of Capitol Reef N.P. there is an area known as the Bentonite hills about 9 miles down this road.I didn't do this road myself so can't tell you whether they are specifically coloured or just a range of hills. What is sure is that the Caineville badlands run along the main Hwy and not 9 miles away. So I don't think they're the same but do contain some "Bentonite".If you really want to see some beauty in the same area, why not take a hike down Horseshoe Canyon to see the wonderful Barrier Canyon rock art. A fresco of 50 metres long dating back some thousands of years waits for the discerning visitor.
Great call Paul! Jaap, If you want to see something truly worth seeing in this area then head over to the Horseshoe Canyon section of Canyonlands. It is an good, graded but dirt road about 25 miles to the trailhead, and then a 3 mile walk along the river bed to a world treasure, the Great Gallery.
Don't try it if the road is wet. (we went in March and had no trouble, but you should find out ahead of time and if you are in a rental car,,,,well that's your call of course, but the agreement of course prohibits it)
PS. Paul gave you as good an answer about the bentonite as I could. It is all bentonite hills as far as I know.
But I wondered if you are considering Goblin Valley and Little Wild Horse Canyon in your plans? More exciting than the barren bentonite.
Thank you so much for your answers.
Horseshoe Canyon looks very good, but I think I'm running out of time for that day. We are driving from Moab to Torrey and I now have planned visiting for that day: Crystal Geyser nearby Green River (if doable by a 'normal' car), ghost town of Temple Mountain, Goblin Valley, Little Wild Horse Canyon and the Caineville Badlands.
I think the side trip to Horseshoe canyon will take too much time for us.