San Rafael Swell Country - Emery County, Utah

San Rafael Swell Outlaws

The San Rafael Swell was a popular hideout for outlaws. Butch Cassidy was one of the more famous outlaws to hide out in the mazelike labyrinths of the San Rafael Swell to evade the law. Above a sandstone ledge, about 40 feet above the road, is the Matt Warner inscription, dated Feb. 17 1920. Matt was a very colorful outlaw that operated (on occasion with Butch Cassidy) from New Mexico to Washington State for over 18 years. During that period, he frequented Green River, operating a saloon and brothel there. After his arrest and three year incarceration in the Utah State Prison, he was released and led a much more wholesome life, eventually becoming a Justice of the Peace and Deputy Marshall in Price. He died in 1938

Butch Casady Pictograph

Butch Casady Pictograph

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