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Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument spans nearly 1.9 million acres of America’s public lands. From its spectacular Grand Staircase of cliffs and terraces, across the rugged Kaiparowits Plateau, to the wonders of the Escalante River Canyons, the Monument’s size, resources, and remote character provide extraordinary opportunities for geologists, paleontologists, archeologists, historians, and biologists in scientific research, education, and exploration.

Great Kids hike with cool rock formations!

I liked this trail and would suggest if you want to see and really have time to see all the hoodoos, set aside 2-3 hours. Though we spent about 2 hours (20 minutes to walk in, 20 to walk out from the main hoodoo, then the rest of the time in the hoodoo forest), I'd like to have even more time here! If you just want to walk in and out without seeing and enjoying the scenery, 1 hour is probably more than enough. The day we went we did not see everyone go to the end of the trail... many went to the first large hoodoo, and turned around from there.

Excellent short trail which is well-trafficked during the day. Worth doing since it's barely a mile off the 89.

hiking
9 days ago

This is a cool hike, but beware that it's really dangerous if you don't know what you're doing and aren't prepared with survival supplies. The description of this trail as 'easy to moderate' is wholly inaccurate. First, 4WD is required to get to the trail head, as you will pass over deeply-rutted hills and very uneven slickrock in your vehicle. If you attempt this trail, you MUST have a GPS with you--it is very easy to get lost otherwise, and then exhaust yourself in the alternating sand/slick rock up-and-down. There are no cairns to mark the trail. Do not attempt to go into the ashtray without a rope anchored outside the pit, with someone holding it. Otherwise you could be stuck there for days under direct sun before someone finds you, as this is not a well-trafficked site. Spring and Fall would be best temperature-wise for this hike.

Great hike with very few people. Camped and I was the only one there for the night.

Fun!

This trail has an entry for Cottonwood North and South. We picked South as someone who went the day before (Dec. 30, 2017) told us South had water, and North was Dry. We entered at South and walked North until the Boulder Choke. Possibly we could have traversed it, but did not. Most of the rest of the trail was packed or slightly soft sand, sometimes with rocks and boulders. There were a few other tricky spots to get up and down, but nothing too bad. There is also a side canyon at one point. We went to the mouth of that but did not go in as the sand seemed to be pretty deep there. When we got back to the trail entry point, we exited a bit farther down than where we entered. One of the entries is a 4-5 foot drop, another is a slightly steep hill (we entered on this) and the other is through a wash with a slightly steep trail up to the road. Over all we liked this trail, and hope to go again.

It's interesting how all the roads are dirt roads, but the trail that leads you to the arch is paved like a sidewalk! Though it's only .2 miles, it's more fun to walk around the arch to see it from various angles, and the back. We came at sunset, so did not have enough time to explore all the angles. I like the photos posted here looking up into the arch to the sky... I did not take time to go up to that angle. It's amazing how the arch looks so different at different angles and in different lighting!

Takes about an hour to drive to the canyons from town. Watch for cows when driving and be safe! Once you start the hike, you head down to the wash sooner than you may think- so look for the cairnes to direct you. Peek-a-boo has a steep 12’ entrance but after that is beautiful and easy! You then go into a wash and about a 1/2 mile in sand to Spooky slot canyon. Spooky is REALLY fun! Some areas are only 10” wide so it can get tight. I’m 5’5” and average size, and I had to squeeze through in some areas. The end of Spooky (if you do the loop with Peek-a-boo first) is really technical. I would say is even advanced so make sure you are prepared for scaling some boulders and being solution oriented. You’ll love this hike and I would recommend to anyone!!

A little busy but great hike

Ice on the creek. Fun little drive up and slow going on the ice

Best part ... we had the whole trail to ourselves on 12-28-17

hiking
18 days ago

Such a fun area to walk around and play! Lots of room to explore and take in the solitude.

hiking
19 days ago

Did it on the way out with the sun setting. Really cool and interesting formations.

Amazing! Awesome hike! Gets kind of technical in a few parts and not for the faint of heart, started feeling claustrophobic a little bit in spooky gulch but wasn’t too bad because the narrow part didn’t last too long. We went clockwise and getting down into the hole at spooky was a little ... spooky

21 days ago

Absolutely incredible hiking through the slot canyon. Gorgeous sediment lines between pinks, reds, and whites.

Not as touristy as Antelope Canyons/Horseshoe Bend nice hike with lots to see. This is what I like to think Mars would look like and feel to walk on. Great stop while while on road trip.

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.

sometimes (rarely) known together as Spook-a-Boo. TAKE WATER. dogs not recommended in Peek-a-Boo - steep. highly trafficked and not everyone knows what they're doing out there, don't underestimate this loop. DO NOT GO INTO BRIMSTONE (next canyon over) ALONE, WITHOUT ROPE - a photographer got stuck there for nine days years back, could've died

hot, dry, difficult to locate. TAKE GPS, you won't see it until you're on it. do not descend into the ashtray without a rope and company, you may never get out !!!

really nice. you can see the first granary standing on the southeast corner of the bridge from the blacktop, so this would be one of the four wheelchair accessible ruins in the area (along with the overlook west of Escalante, the Anasazi Museum, and the roadside granary east of Capitol Reef towards Hanksville) - second granary by the river not wheelchair accessible

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