San Rafael Swell Ranch Photos
Ranching in the San Rafael Swell was and is very hard work. In the early settler days if you were to get hurt you could be two days travel from the nearest help, and if were to make it that far you better hope the people were home. Due to the arid, and rugged landscape the San Rafael Swell was one of the last places in Utah to be colonized by early settlers, but before the settlers huge herds of sheep and cows were run on the San Rafael Swell.
The horse traps were sometimes built by indians or cowboys to trap wild horses in the desert. The goal was to frighten a herd of wild horses and then drive them into the trap.