San Rafael Swell Country - Emery County, Utah

Sids's Leap

Sid's leap is located high above the San Rafael River in the San Rafael Swell . As the folklore goes Sid Swasey bet his brother Charley his half of the cattle herd that he (Sid) could jump the canyon on his horse. Charley said he would take the bet knowing it could not be done and lost his half of the herd. Another version is that Sid was in on the Castle Gate Robbery in Carbon County with the Wild Bunch and was running from the law at the time and jumped the canyon in order to escape the posse. A third is that Charley had stolen the Sheriff’s saddle and was running from him.

Both pictures of Sid's Leap taken in the 1970's before the bridge was destroyed. Photo credit to Don Swasey.

Sid's Leap is currently located in a Wilderness Study Area.  It will require a hike on the old road in order to reach the Sids Leap Area. Contact the travel bureau for more information.

San Rafael Swell Sid's Leap

San Rafael Swell Sid's Leap

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