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.

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
2 months ago

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

hiking
2 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
2 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.

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
4 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
4 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
5 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.

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
8 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
9 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.

What a great hike! Not many people--had the hoodoos to ourselves. I had never been on a hike that wasn't clearly marked so it felt like a real adventure. We added another mile or two to our hike because we passed up the site and then stayed a little too long maybe-- had to bust out the headlamps on the way back. Try to find the packed ground to make it a little easier or else you'll be fighting the sand the whole time. Really great!

hiking
Tuesday, March 28, 2017

did the hike today.. hoodoos are awesome! A little muddy in the rain though..

scenic driving
Sunday, March 12, 2017

The markings weren't clear on how far away the bridge was from Boulder turn-off so we were getting anxious wondering when it would ever come. It was nice that there was hardly anyone on the road. I recommend taking the full loop and starting from Escalante and going north, then coming out at HWY12 by boulder. Reason for this is because the vista of devils backbone is more awesome initially coming out of the trees from that direction.

hiking
Friday, February 17, 2017

I did the hike on February 14th, 2017. There was a moderate amount of water running in the wash and made for frequent water crisscrossing and wet sloshy hiking in the wash. I spent 4 hours doing an out and back trip and covered 9.6 miles total. Definitely not an easy hike although it is mostly flat. All the amazing hoodoo formations are along the west side of the wash, but the east side has some amazing canyon walls and is worth checking out. There is almost no shade from the sun. Despite there being no marked trails, you'll come across the Hoodoos between mile 4 & 5 depending on how much you hike in/along the wash area. I saw one other person that day, lots of cow pies & jack rabbits. I had a decent cell signal up until mile 4. Then GPS only. Well worth the time and effort spent!

hiking
Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Our first time was a bit difficult due to not having a map and there being no trail markings. We made it about 3/4 of the way until we decided to turn around because we weren't sure if we were headed in the right direction. Second time was a lot easier, we ran a bit of the way and made tons of stops. It had recently rained so we walk through water and mud that was almost knee deep. Their is also lots of rocks in the creek, so beware of foot placement and be sure to drink lots of water. We found out that it is best to walk along the creek instead of through brush. Also we have placed a rock pile along with a piece of wood upright with a bandana tied beside the creek to where you will find a trail that will lead you to the hoodoos that I'd say are worth it. Be prepared before going on this hike, food and water would be essential. Stay alert of weather the days before, which will help you decide what kind of shoes to wear. We were able to start this walk with a couple others but they got behind and weren't able to make the whole way, so if you tend to take long stops then leave in the morning. I managed to take a 30 minute lunch/snack break at 2 different hoodoo spots and it took me 4 1/2 hours round trip. Goodluck and enjoy!

hiking
Wednesday, June 01, 2016

There is no trail, so the mileage was challenging at times, walking through the dry creek bed. Surface alternated between very rocky, muddy, and sandy. I did the hike without GPS, using only Topo map and compass. If you're going to hike without GPS, make sure you are very confident in your skills. There are a couple of side canyons that could lead you astray. I solo hiked in mid-May, and saw only one other couple hiking all day. It is a wonderful hike if you are looking for some alone time. Another challenging aspect of the hike was the lack of shade. It was full sun all day long, so take that into account if you plan to hike in the late summer. In summary, this was one of my favorite hikes of my lifetime, and I would highly recommend it. The hoodoos are beautiful, and I loved the challenge of off-trail navigation.

off road driving
Thursday, May 15, 2014

Easy road to get to the bridge. Very scenic but probably won't do it a second time.

scenic driving
Monday, March 11, 2013

We drove this trail in July, 2009. The road is well maintained, and is suitable for passenger cars. Very scenic.

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