Best river trails in Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, Utah

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Explore the most popular river trails in Glen Canyon National Recreation Area with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.
Map of river trails in Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, Utah
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Acreage:
99,999,999 acres
Park hours
Monday
7:00 am - 4:00 pm
Tuesday
7:00 am - 4:00 pm
Wednesday
7:00 am - 4:00 pm
Thursday
7:00 am - 4:00 pm
Friday
7:00 am - 4:00 pm
Saturday
Sunday
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Top trails (10)
#1 - Reflection Canyon
Glen Canyon National Recreation Area
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Length: 15.2 mi • Est. 7 h 8 m
Backpacking Reflection Canyon is an intense, challenging hike that takes you through slot canyons, climbing up and down shifty sandstones and traversing rugged terrains and ravines. With that said, you'll be blessed with a view like no other of Reflection Canyon found at the end of the hike. Offline map is recommended. Users have reported that the trails are not marked well. Show more
#2 - Coyote Gulch, Crack-in-the-Wall to Jacob Hamblin Arch
Glen Canyon National Recreation Area
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Length: 16.8 mi • Est. 8 h 45 m
This would be the most common route - park at the Water Tanks if 2WD (37.389971, -111.034848) or Coyote Trailhead if 4WD, descend via the Crack-in-the-Rock (37.419111, -110.984897) and down the dunes to the river, passing Stevens Arch (37.433528, -110.979202) and Coyote Natural Bridge (37.416267, -111.027685), camping somewhere along the way and exiting near Jacob Hamblin Arch (37.419008, -111.043115) At least 120 feet of rope is strongly recommended to exit near Jacob Hamblin Arch, it's fairly steep (see photos), not for the acrophobic - generally an able bodied person will be able to climb up and secure a rope for the less agile. It's also possible to tie a rope, descend near Jacob Hamblin Arch for a day trip, then remove the rope on the way back up. Extra ropes are recommended for lowering packs at Crack-in-the-Rock or Jacob Hamblin Arch. DOGS ARE NOT ALLOWED IN COYOTE EVEN WHEN LEASHED.Show more
#3 - Coyote Gulch Loop
Glen Canyon National Recreation Area
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Length: 10.6 mi • Est. 5 h 31 m
From the trailhead, hike miles along a sandy trail to reach the rim of the canyon. Then squeeze through Crack in the Rock and then hike to the bottom of Coyote Gulch being greeted by towering red rock cliffs found at the canyon bottom. From there you hike south to the mouth of the Escalante River, cross it and then encounter a steep climb to Stephen's Arch, the eye of Stevens Arch is 220 feet across and 160 feet tall. The views from under Stephen's is breathtaking. Once you force yourself to leave you hike back the way you came and continue up Coyote Gulch to Jacob Hamblin's Arch, climb out (rope recommended), and then head south through alternating sand and slick rock back to the trailhead.Show more
#4 - Hurricane Wash to Coyote Gulch
Glen Canyon National Recreation Area
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Length: 26.7 mi • Est. Multi-day
Spectacular views passing through Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument and Glen Canyon National Recreation Area along Hurricane Wash and Coyote Gulch to the Escalante River.Show more
#5 - Broken Bow Arch via Willow Gulch Trail
Glen Canyon National Recreation Area
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Length: 6.3 mi • Est. 3 h 6 m
#6 - Red Well to Coyote Gulch
Glen Canyon National Recreation Area
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Length: 27.7 mi • Est. Multi-day
One of the many canyons in the Grand Staircase/Glen Canyon National Recreation areas. This out and back hike takes you from the plateau down into the gulch where the water level gets a little deeper as you go, never really more than knee deep outside of rainy weather. Secure a back country overnight permit from the visitor's center in Escalante. Start out at the red well trailhead located off the Hole in the Rock road. Hike down into the gulch and follow for miles passing Jacob Hamblin Arch, Indian Petroglyphs, & Natural Bridge. Plenty of Campsites along the way to choose from.Show more
#7 - Labyrinth Canyon River Paddling Route
Glen Canyon National Recreation Area
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Length: 16.1 mi
This is a paddling route through Labyrinth Canyon on the lower Green River. Permits are required for all boating trips in Labyrinth Canyon. Please contact the Moab Field Office for more information.Show more
#8 - Hole-in-the-Rock OHV Road
Glen Canyon National Recreation Area
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Length: 55.8 mi
This scenic drive (one way) follows the general route of of the original Hole-in-the-Rock Expedition. Most of the road on BLM land is passable to high-clearance, two-wheel drive vehicles in dry weather. The last few miles within Glen Canyon are best travelled by foot, bicycle, or 4X4Show more
#9 - Glen Canyon Bridge
Glen Canyon National Recreation Area
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Length: 0.5 mi • Est. 13 m
This walk is across the bridge adjacent to Glen Canyon Dam. The walk offers a great view of the Glen Canyon Dam and Glen Canyon. Parking and restrooms are available at the Glen Canyon Dam Visitor's Center. Accessibility: There are at least 6 designated accessible spaces in the large paved parking lot off of Highway 89 at the west end of the trail. All of them are van-accessible with striped access aisles. The trail surface is cement bridge (with railings), smooth, and typically at least 3 feet wide. The estimated grade is mostly gentle (5% or less). This trail will likely be navigable for most trail goers using wheelchairs/mobility equipment or strollers.Show more
#10 - Fifty Mile Canyon Arch Trail
Glen Canyon National Recreation Area
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Length: 9.3 mi • Est. 3 h 44 m
Nice alcoves with shade and steep Navajo sandstone walls, sometimes closing in to create Narrow slots and sometimes a wide Boulder-strewn creek bed. Evidence of water started around the confluence with 50 mile creek. Rough and irregular hiking. Show more