In the Northern San Rafael Swell. I don't think you can beat the ride up McCarty Canyon crossing over the Narrow Neck of Land and retunring down Mesquite Wash. A little hard to find, But a fantastic ride.
Take the road out of Ferron Utah and follow the roads out to Salt Wash. This is NOT a ride for novice or faint of heart.
Drop down into Salt wash. It has some quick sand and your horse can easily go down., Choose your crossing carefully
Cleaning the mud out of the nose and eyes of horse that went down in the quicksand
Heading up McCarty Canyon
Part way up McCarty make a left turn and go up Still Canyon ( where the Wild Bunch used to keep there Still)
This is a slick rock canyon
You will pass by the Head of McCarty Canyon, so you can look down into the Box end of that canyon
When you reach the top, you will have to cross a narrow neck of land between the Plateaus. It's narrow, has some big 4' steps for the horses to cross over and it drops off a thousand feet on both sides. It definitely spooks some folks, Who chose not to ride their horses across it.
You will follow the cow trails down off the plateau into Mesquite Wash
You can follow Mesquite Wash down until it dumps you into Salt Creek and Follow Salt creek back to your start. But we usually cut across country about half way down Mesquite wash. Again you scramble up a hill side to the plateau, ride across the top and drop down into salt creek.
Riding across the top and looking down into Salt Creek
Absolutely a fantastic ride if you have a steady horse and are comfortable riding rough country. You will have to cross 3 and 4foot tall step up and steps downs on your horse. This is the View looking out over Saddle Horse Canyon toward Joe and His Dog (the rock pinicles in the distances)