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 located high above the San Rafael River. 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.