Explore the most popular camping trails in Grand Staircase - Escalante National Monument with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

this may sound weird but I need a tiny bit of sand from coyote gulch for a gift. would anyone be willing to ship some to me if I send a prepaid UPS label? this is the location I plan to be married at and the sand is part of a gift I want to make. I only need one grain for the gift so only a small amount is needed. I don't know where else to ask.

Disclaimer: The trail does not begin where it says it does on the All Trails app, so be sure to take the road that says trail information for the White House Trailhead, and you can follow that all the way back to the White House Campground where the trail ACTUALLY begins.

Once you arrive at the White House Campground you can follow the trail down to the river. It might be easiest just to go directly down to the river and follow that through the canyon rather than try and follow the trail as it shown on the app, as we got somewhat off-track before connecting with the river ourselves.

We did this trek on 10/15 around midday and went as far as we could into the canyon before having to turn around and head back so that we could catch sunset at the Wahweap Overlook (highly recommended).

We didn't see a single other human on the trail, which made this a perfect day out in the wilderness. We attempted to go as far as we could with our hiking boots before having to revert to sandals, but after a small spill into the water, it was time to put them on.

This is a truly incredibly hike that I would love to snag a permit for next go-around so that we could camp overnight and make it all the way through to the end of the trail.

Water levels were decently low, and we didn't cross a single spot that went above our knees. It was also pretty muddy in some areas, but not too bad overall.

Can't wait to return to do the entire thing!

Not even a hike, so short. Definitely worth 5 extra minutes or so, more time if you have it. It’s unmarked and there’s no phone service out there so just make sure you know where to go or you’ll drive right on past, it’s not visible from the road.

Beautiful trail. We went after it had rained a week prior and the water level was still high, with the rest of the canyon bed incredibly muddy. Be prepared to get your feet wet.

Parked before the wash. Ten minute walk/.5 miles to the trailhead. Followed the trail which takes you along the right side of the wash. Hoodoos were on the left. Only saw 4 other people. Took a straight line home down the wash. Much shorter. Would recommend taking the path of least resistance! Great hike with beautiful views of the hoodoos. Our hike was 11 miles round-trip.

We hiked Paria on 9/23/18 and did not get our feet wet. The canyon was very dry. This was our second hike into the canyon from the White House trail-head. We turned around just before the confluence with Buckskin. Last time, a few years ago, LOTS of water. Chest deep.and turned around rather than swim. Was glad to see the dry river bed but the neoprene socks and canyoneering shoes were a big mistake - hiking boots would have been much better. At he Contact Station we were told to expect a lot of water. This is a fantastic hike. The canyon is narrow, deep and incredibly beautiful. I would not call it a real slot but love it just the same. For real slots there are Buckskin & Wire Pass nearby. Agree with a previous review that after you leave the narrows it is a hump back to the trail-head.

Great overnight backpack. Shorted the day by going cross country back to the trailhead

walking
1 month ago

Nice short walk into a slot canyon, the walls really glow when wet. try to get somebody to sing at the flat rock at the end of the slot.

Dogs are not required to be on leash.

off road driving
1 month ago

Nice drive especially in October when aspens are turning color. We also did this route in late May. Washboards are bad at the start but then thin out and are almost non-existent as you travel on. Both times we turned off onto Forest Rd #154 and went out to Bicknell. Posey Lake is a nice stop for lunch.

1 month ago

Beautiful little stop on the Burr Trail Road. I got down on one knee and proposed to the love of my life just inside. It was perfect.

Went in early April with just ankle deep water in the creek. Temps were in the high 70's and pleasant. The walk was interesting and the hoodoos spectacular. Saw just a few people in the 10 miles we walked. Having the hoodoos to ourselves will make this walk a lifetime memory.

hiking
3 months ago

Very nice spot, I did it with my kids... impressive sandstone

hiking
4 months ago

Great place for a quick stop with the family and kids or for a picnic. But I wouldn't call it a hike. The iPhone trail is a little misleading: it shows a 200 ft elevation gain. I came prepared for that (a light trail but some exercise), but it's flat, unless they mean the 200 ft vertical, technical (as in ropes, helmets, and probably a guide) chimney at the end. But it is indeed a stunning, easy, slot and right off the Burr Trail Road, which is a great drive itself. If you want exercise, bring ropes.

hiking
4 months ago

Very short trail but fabulous little canyon with towering walls. Great picnic area. And if you are lucky someone is singing or playing an instrument. The walls affords great acoustics.

Hiked this trail in the early morning and it was nice. Definitely take water!! I am a heavy water drinker and ran through 4L over the course of the hike at 96 degrees F. There is no shade and no elevation differences as you hike in the wash the entire way. There is a 2WD parking before the wash crosses the road, and a 4WD about 0.5mile up the road. Either works but just be wise and be prepared for the elements. Hoodoos on the west side but beautiful features on the east side.

It’s amazing, but note that it’s more like 16 Miles. The path isn’t marked well, and you have to find rock markers along some parts that aren’t always obvious. Start at the crack in the wall area if you can, because walking up a steep mountain of sand after a day of hiking is rough. It’s even more rough when you don’t have service or a downloaded trail map to tell you how much further you have to go or if you’re on the right path. Take a paper map - you’ll thank me. It’s a pack your waste in, and pack your waste out trail. I avoided going to bathroom all day with light well planned food and minimal water intake ( only enough to stay moderately hydrated ). If you don’t think you can go that long, you must get waste bags at visitor center or bring your own. The trail runs along and through the water so water hiking shoes would be a plus. If you’re scared of heights, getting to the arch may be difficult due to the steep slick rock path down by the arch to get out ( or in if you start at water tanks ) the rocks do have ropes as a courtesy to help you safely enter and exit.

To date, it's the most memorable backpacking trip my kids and I have done. Starting out going down the crack in the rock with our rope. Then the gradual hike along the river bottom. Awesome views, and not too difficult. The only sketchy part is going up out of the canyon, you gotta have some grit. There was another family that had to go around.

Hiked this with a bunch friends via wire pass trailhead. It was quite muddy & stinky but still a beautiful slot canyon. Little bit of scramble & down climb in spots. Got wet up to our knees & thighs in a couple spots. Did this as an out and back and tracked it about 12 .5 Miles or so. Check the weather before you enter, flash floods can occur. Next time we’ll drop a car at Paria whitehouse and hike the whole thing

This was a trip I made because Buckskin had flash flooded. We didn’t want to waste the time. The camp site was awesome for a regular site but we had no clue what was in store for us. It was incredibly beautiful- I cannot even describe how amazing these narrows and aquatic masterpieces were. Neither me or my non hiking friend were prepared.

I did this about 3 years ago and would do it again anytime. Just be careful- the camp site is hard to find on the way back.

Absolutely stunning. Great variety from sand to slick rock, to scrambling out of the gulch, wading upriver, and views and views. This is a premiere distination hike.

Unique story with the brothers carving out and living in the caves. Fun little detour when hiking the more challenging hikes in the ares.

scenic driving
6 months ago

Nice drive from Escalante to Boulder. Takes you into the higher elevation timber, and then to the canyon w/bridge overlook. Overlook was fun. It was just a nice diversion to driving up and down 12 hiway.

off road driving
6 months ago

Three caves carved out of rock where two men lived.

Beautiful hike. No issues driving up to the coyote gulch in a small suv without 4WD. Someone had fixed a rope at the exit by jacob hamlin arch. I watched people climb up without rope. I used it and made it out just fine.

hiking
7 months ago

This is not a difficult hike, except for the length. There is no significant elevation gain. It is about 4.5 miles to get to the featured attraction, which are the hoodoos in two side canyons off to the left. I recommend asking for maps and information at the BLM office in Kanab, or the one in Big Water, or both. I might not have known where to find the hoodoos if I had not talked to the BLM staff in Big Water. It is a bit unusual, in that you are walking down a wide wash with no marked trail and the location of the hoodoos in not necessarily obvious. Someone has placed an arrow made up of rocks at one point, but you could miss that if you were on the wrong side of the wash. You also have to figure out how to get through the fencing across the wash at the beginning, which is not that big of a challenge. I saw a couple of other people and cows here and there, but was by myself at the hoodoos. There was virtually no water in the wash the day I went, even though it had rained a bit. It takes about an hour to get to Big Water from Kanab and the trailhead for the Toadstools is nearby.

I wasn't able to complete this hike due to crossing the river (didn't have the right gear) however I will be back!!!

this would be the most usual 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.

scenic driving
10 months ago

nice drive through the woods with a HIGH bridge - dropoffs near road may give some pause, but road is well maintained. not a great idea during deer season, woods will be full of hunters, ask locals when hunting season starts. nice views of changing aspen in fall. watch for cattle on road.

hiking
11 months ago

Easy hike down a dry river bed. Did a few side hikes into the canyons to make it more interesting. Only saw 2 other people.

Absolutely beautiful, and the puppy had a blast!

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