Explore the most popular river trails in Glen Canyon National Rec Area with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

We definitely recommend stopping here, just be prepared for a crowd - especially at sunset. It's popular because it's just so beautiful! The hike is short and relatively easy, although some older family members had to take a couple of breaks. There are benches conveniently placed along the trail for this.
We also went back in the middle of the night and there wasn't a single person there. We planned it based on moon set so we could look at the stars. Bring flashlights, sweaters, and be super careful around the edge (there's no railings).

5 days ago

Outstanding area to hike and backpack. Stunning scenery. It has it all for the desert lovers

This is well worth the walk over the hill! Short trek with a steep start but the overlook area has a lot of different ways to look down to this amazing view. There will be a lot of people, but just be a little patience since everyone is coming and going frequently. Enjoy!

My boyfriend and I did this hike over 2 days from Hurricane Wash. We started out about midday which made the first 2-3 miles pretty tough with the sun and heat. The change in terrain on this hike made it a very unique experience. It begins with typical dry, rocky terrain but as you descend into the gulch there are some parts of the trail that make you wonder if you’re still in southern Utah! There are several stream crossings that continue to get deeper the further you go in the trail. I had waterproof hiking shoes and was just fine up until the last quarter mile when I just waded through the stream barefoot. Plenty of areas to set up camp along the way. Beautiful canyon off trail to the left about 9 miles in with a cave and pond at the bottom of the rock walls that had “zebra stripe” coloration. The weather was significantly warmer than we were expecting once we were in Coyote Gulch. The hike down to Escalante River was a great chance for a quick rinse! If I do this hike again, I would definitely do it in 3 days instead of 2. This was my first overnight hike so I found it very challenging but well worth it!

8 days ago

Stunning hike, great views, offers everything could expect out of Escalante.

I noticed a lot of these photos are of Corona Arch in Moab - not Willow Gulch in Escalante...

10 days ago

Great view worth the climb lots of people.. various angles to take amazing pics

Such a spectacular view.. easy to get to and worth the hike to it. A lot of people go there so you may run into crowds while observing the view.

off road driving
11 days ago

Road was very rough and unclear in my opinion about specific whereabouts of trails and what not. Pretty great scenery and hikes along the way though.

Easy “hike” in to see an absolutely immense landscape. Worth every minute.


Beautiful, went early morning at 7:00 am to beat the crowd . However, lol many were in the same page as us . Beautiful scenery .

17 days ago

Incredible views, short and easy hike. If you're really not in good shape you wont find the 200ft of elevation gain enjoyable, but it's definitely worth it for the view.

off road driving
17 days ago

Absolutely one of the worst roads I have ever been on. Plan on going either under 10 mph, or over 45 mph if your daring (this allows you to skim over the small bumps in the road). Pathetic road conditions.Giving three stars because of the incredible scenery and hikes along the way. Would give less.

If you're in a rental, enjoy the drive! If you're in your own car, it will probably never be the same again unless you're careful.

The hike is easy but if you do it in the middle of summer and don’t have enough water you may get your butt kicked (..Zona). There are a lot of tour busses and people but the views are worth it.

Not as much a hike as a short walk from a parking lot, along a well trodden path, to a cliff. Great view.
For the future it looks as if they're building an observation platform.

Kind of tricky to find where it starts off. We ended up in a heap of rocks to the right of the real trail at first. When we did find the real trail it was spectacular. Fairly steep, but other than not particularly challenging. The view from the top is brilliant.
We did it with a dog and it was no problem.

Super easy hike, with beautiful views. Get there early, because there are a ton of tourists around if you’re there later in the afternoon.

30 days ago

Oh my....lots of lots of people...maybe you can try in the winter...when is really cold; to avoid the multitude...of tourist

Beautiful view, but overcrowded and totally full of trash and tour buses

Easy hike for 68 year man and woman; but we have also hiked the Verdon Gorge in France. There was some scrambling over rocks. Take hiking poles. In many places there are two or three paths and some are easier than others. It was so quite you could hear your heart beat. We hiked late in the day and the sun was just over the western cliffs as we arrived back to the parking lot.

Very pretty, but I went on a Tuesday and it was still crowded as all get out

1 month ago

Very accessible trail that’s short. Super crowded, but it’s a nice stop if you’re in the area with great views. Probably don’t need more than 30 minutes here.

1 month ago

We went this morning little after 9am. No problem with parking. It was already getting crowded with many hikers. I would suggest to walk to the right and climb the rocks, to get away from crowds, and enjoy the view in quite atmosphere.
Views from the top are amazing and worth it the hike.
There is no railings so keep your kids and dogs near you. They are building new trails and look out.

Looking straight up, I thought no way I can hike to the top. But I did and it’s awesome! Just take your time and rest periodically. Happy Hiking :)

This trail is a neat hike up over a hump and straight down to the lookout. Its about .75mi from car to the edge and .75mi back. Once at the ledge you can climb up higher on the rocks to get the best views. You can see for miles and miles and straight down to the horseshoe. construction is under way for a viewing platform too. the walk back up the hill is a good incline and rocky uneven footing. also, parking can be very busy so plan accordingly and bring lots of water!

1 month ago

Awesome view but way too many people. Very short easy hike.

The crowds almost ruin the experience. Hard to find an unoccupied vista.

Amazing, pictures don’t do it justice.

Such a beautiful hike with lots of great camping spots throughout! Water shoes are a must since you’re crossing over the river every few minutes to stay with the trail. A few tricky climbs along the way, but definitely doable if you’re confident scrambling.

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