Coyote Natural Bridge via Coyote Gulch is a 7 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Lake Powell, Utah that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and nature trips and is best used from April until October.

Length7 miElevation gain2057 ftRoute typeOut & back
HikingNature tripsCaveWildflowersWildlifeMuddyRockyScrambleNo shadeNo dogs
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Aaron Estep
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Steven Bagley
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Brenda Anderson
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Amazing hike! Definitely VERY HARD. The way In is pretty extreme, and I would recommend bringing enough water to take the long way out because it might make you change your mind. Beautiful inside the canyon, would only recommend to extreme hikers

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Lizzy Cheshire
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HikingGreat!Scramble

We drove out and camped near the trailhead so we could get an early start and beat the heat. (FYI, we had bars and LTE at the trailhead but nowhere else between here and the town of escalante) Took off from camp around 6 and made it down into the canyon by 7, we turned left and went just a few minutes to see an arch before heading downstream for 4 miles and turning off at black water lagoon. Aside from the walk out to the canyon, the hike was fairly easy, lots of shade and water the whole way. We saw 3 or 4 other groups of hikers/backpackers the whole day. The climb out was moderately strenuous for me (using rope) and a fun challenge for my friend with more upper body strength who came up without rope pretty easily. The walk back to the car was HOT and had us all wishing we had brought a extra water so we could wet our heads and bandanas. The road to get here is definitely easier on off road vehicles, there's some deep sand after the turn off from the main road, can be avoided by following other tracks around those patches. Sharp rocks along the whole drive off the highway (we got a slowly draining flat overnight but we're fine on a donut on the way out). Tire shop in town has speedy and great service!

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Erin Mal
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AWESOME hike!!! My husband and I did this hike at the end of June. Don't let the coolness of the gulch trick you on how hot your return hike will be back to your car - drink plenty of water early on and you'll be just fine. As others have said, the road to the start of the trail is rough - definitely want an all-wheel or 4WD. Our car took a pretty good beating. First part of the trail is in the sand, then flat rock, before descending down into the gulch (quick note, going down is easier than going up for those afraid of heights...but slow and steady and you got this!!...a rope can also help-there was one already attached there when we went, but I wouldn't count on it still being there) Jacob Hamlin's Arch is a quick left before you should turn back to your right and hike along the water. Beautiful views every way you turn.

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Jim Wright
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Great trail, but the scramble down and up the rock to Coyote Gulch is not for anyone afraid of heights. We were a party of 8, ages 16 to 55, big hikers. My 16 year old was terrified on the way back up. Would not do it without a rope.

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James Wheatley
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This is the sneaker route to both Jacob Hamblin Arch and Coyote Gulch Arch. To catch Jacob Hamblin Arch go left at the bottom of the gulch entrance rope. You will see it almost immediately. It is by far the more impressive arch. Coyote Gulch arch is 2 miles the other direction. This is a fun hike through the river with a few small waterfalls and soaring cliffs to either side. Once complete, return to the Coyote Gulch entrance rope and exit the way you came in.

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Edmund Kao
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HikingNo shadeScramble

To get from the rappel anchor to the trail, you need a 70 m climbing rope. NB, climbing ropes are typically 10 m longer in reality compared to the labeled length, so if you're measuring your own rope from a spool or something like that, you actually need 80 m of rope. I did it with a 60 m climbing rope (70 m long in reality) and had to scramble/climb down about 30 feet of some relatively beginner rock climbing to get to the valley floor.

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Robert Greer
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HikingGreat!Scramble

This was a great hike and I want to come back here and do some camping into the canyon, to climb down into the canyon there is a rope, but not sure if it was someone else or permanently there, we were able to do it without a rope, we got tired of waiting and scrambled down but using a rope does make it much easier and safer, we hiked all the way to Coyote Gulch Natural Bridge and back, next time I want to do the entire loop

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Thomas Milam
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If your willing to endure some incoviences you'll be rewarded with views that are like no other. The time to get there is long, you've gotta "dangle" the carrot in front of you the whole way as the dirt road is long and only gets worse as the miles roll on. Were not talking 5 miles of dirt road either...try 40 miles. BUT, once you get to one of the 3 locations to start your hike in, things get progressive better real quick! If you do water tower route which we did, it is a short but not very well marked trail into Gulch via a "ramp" or "giant slab" that you must scramble down. Bring climbing gear to rappel in...but chances are there will be a rope already hooked up. ***WARNING*** This is a very steep slab down and up and with gear on your back it is very dangerous to acend or decend safely with gear in place....if no gear is already hooked up, you better have some of your own. A fall here could be fatal. If there is a rope set, don't count on it when you come back out either. For people not afraid of heights, and have climbing experience this won't be an issue. Now, with the warning out of the way...please enjoy this fantastic and amazing hike or backpacking trip. If you come from either east or west entrance, the slab is not an issue and you can just hike all the way thru for many miles(15 plus). You will tho have to shuttle cars which can take even more time to get set up for the trail route. More info on others that have posted to see these routes so please see those links for details. The arch is accessed very quickly if you go water tank route, hence why we went way. We didn't have days to explore canyon, but in hindsight I wish we did.

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Karissa K
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Marv Huynh
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Alair Sjostrom
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Tyler Lawrence
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Juda Jimriv
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Leo Xu
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Melanie Topham
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Amy Fritsch
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Andee Kunsa
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Michael Howell
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Peter Kemp
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Alain Kemp
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