Red Well to Coyote Gulch is a 27.7 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Escalante, Utah that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, camping, nature trips, and backpacking and is best used from April until November.

Length27.7 miElevation gain3766 ftRoute typeOut & back
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Glen Canyon National Recreation Area charges a fee to enter. Fees are $30 per vehicle/vessel or $25 per motorcycle. If you are entering on foot or bike the fee is $15 per person. You can also purchase a park specific annual pass for $55. 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.

Parking located at the trailhead with a sign in/out book. There are two pit toilets located along the trail.

Visitors Center (8a 4:30p) 755 W. Main, Escalante, UT 84726 435-826-5499

Located off Hole in the Rock Road, which can be impassable after severe rain or weather. Check ahead before venturing out.

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Sierra Deimling
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BackpackingOff trailOver grown

There is no distinct main trail to follow down the gulch, with many side trails popping up all over the place. You can give yourself a hell of a detour by wandering up and down bluffs on these social trails, or zigzagging around the gulch floor rather than a straight path. While it's intuitive to follow the canyon walls down trail, it's easy to get tripped up and wander up Dry Coyote Gulch at the beginning of the trip, and even more so at the confluence of Hurricane Wash, Jacob Hamblin, and a dead end canyon. We found ourselves extreme disoriented at the confluence, and would strongly encourage you bring a well marked map and/or GPS to ensure you make your way back into the Red Well section and not down a different canyon. If you go in knowing exactly where you need to go and where you should be, you're set! I would highly recommend this trip. We did it in 2 nights, with a day hike to the arch on our second day, and that was perfect. Our bad for getting screwed up with navigation, otherwise would have been a 5/5.

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Andy Paik
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Backpacking

Okay. I’ve seen a 2004 Toyota Echo blaze through the 40 mile-ish off-road portion to get to the trail head. Unless your car is in worse shape than a 04’ Toyota Echo or weather conditions (if it rained/or will rain) are not favorable, your vehicle can make it! If you’re looking to hike to the Jacob Hamblin Arch from Red Well expect to put in 8.5-9 miles, one way. The hike there is long and fairly boring but easy-moderate. Some areas the trail is not marked very well so there was a few detours. Water shoes help once you’re into the gulch but are not needed if you don’t mind slightly wet socks. Jacob Hamblin Arch was beautiful - never seen anything like it. Stayed there for a couple nights. If you’re looking for water sources you may have to hike further out for “deeper” water. I went in October and most of the running water is fairly shallow and insect infested. I wish I stayed out there another night. 2 days didn’t feel long enough. I would come back again if I had the chance. @andypaik on IG for pics

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David Cassidy
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Vincent Carson
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Backpacking

Great hike, very easy. Required to pack out human waste, must have a wag bag on overnight trips (you will be stopped). Permits available at the trailhead. No dogs, 5/5

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rosemary richards
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ABSOLUTELY LOVELY , easy hike

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John Stimpson
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BackpackingMuddyOver grown

True, the upper gulch is less scenic than the lower. But that’s like saying the moon isn’t as far away as the sun when they’re both incredibly far away. It’s still very beautiful. FYI, dogs are not allowed and all human wast must be packed out. Wag bags are required for overnight permits, which will no longer be available at trailheads —you’ll have to go to the park office in person.

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Alex Cross
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Hiking

Beautiful hike. Bring plenty of water or a water filter. Water shoes Chacos or Tevas would work best. Plan on 2-3 days in the canyon could easily spend a week in there though.

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George Barnett
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Keith Araneo-Yowell
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HikingMuddyOver grown

I just did a solo backpacking trip this last weekend. Set out from red well and camped at jacob hamblin arch. I found the trail from red well to be pretty swampy and not what i expected for southern utah. i didn’t check for quicksand at one river crossing and sank up to my thigh, so bring your trekking poles if you plan a trip for early spring. No shortage of beautiful vistas. Lots of great camp sites south of the arch. I left via hurricane wash and found that trek to be much more manageable with firmer ground but less water than red well, so bring filtration and keep yourself topped up because the trail out on hurricane dried up pretty quick and finding water to filter in drier weather would be kinda tenuous i’m pretty sure. Apart from a blister or two this was phenomenal backpacking and camping

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Caitlin Dorsett
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Backpacking

Hiked with my sister March 19-21 2019. Water is abundant after you drop into the Gulch, make sure to prefilter if it's silty after rain. We had a Sawyer squeeze and did just fine. Gorgeous weather days 1 and 2, rained overnight so our creek crossings 3rd day were much higher, but not over the knee. Because of varying water levels there are multiple different options, try to follow footprints to find the most recently used trail and keep out of the slappy brush. Cowpaths abound as well, we accidentally followed one and ended up totally in the wrong place. The deep sand makes the going slow. My sister is less experienced and we ended up only making 1.5-2mph for most of the hiking. Views get better and better the deeper you go - day 2 was by far my favorite. Start early enough in the morning on day 1 to explore and scramble around Jacob Hamlin Arch after you set up your campsite. Day 1 we snatched the gorgeous campsite on the bend just past the arch, and the echo of laughter from campsites all around us was spooky and awesome. Day 2 we camped a little further east of the arch under an overhanging cliff wall, which helped keep gear dry during the rain that night. Even though it was spring break, we never felt crowded. Many of the best campsites were taken but there was still plenty of room. Absolutely recommend this hike, although they're not lying when they say the Hole in the Rock road is near impassable after rain. Our AWD CR-V definitely had some difficulty exiting but 4WD should be fine. Check out the little town of Escalante on your way in or out. Circle D Motel is run by a wonderful old man who knows everything about everything. There are multiple little outfitters and gear stores where you can stock up on anything you forgot. Remember to pack out EVERYTHING.

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Kirsten Tait
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Backpacking

We choose to do the Red Well route to Coyote Gulch and we were very pleased we did. Just as you drop into the wash/Gulch, there is a slot canyon on your right hand side. We saved exploring this for on our way back out due to a making late start on a very warm day. This route was very scenic in our opinion and also gets you to water, trees and shade much quicker. Arches, overhangs, petroglyphs and overall gorgeous scenery throughout. Made us feel very tiny being surrounded by these beautiful towering walls. Especially at James Hamberlin Arch, very impressive. We saw a fair amount of wildlife including lots of deer, a badger, a variety of birds, and the lizards and toads were everywhere. We did also have some mice visit our campsite after dark. And when we were on our day hike, something (maybe squirrels or raccoons) got into our dry bag of food even though it was hung from a tree, but thankfully didn’t get everything. Plenty of campsites along the creek, especially once you pass the intersection of hurricane wash. If you stay in the creek bed the whole way, the distance will be slightly longer then indicated. In total we logged 28 miles and still didn’t quite make it to the Escalante River, first timers errors. It can be done without getting your feet wet if you do creek crossings in the right places and wear waterproof boots. The creek was a refreshing break for those tootsies though. The campsite we choose had a small waterfall (which may be an overstatement to call it a waterfall) that made filtering water easier and also just enough of a pool to get your lower half of your body submerged when sitting. Since it was during warmer weather, it was a nice way to cool off before bedtime.

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Zach Alan
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Hiking

this route would add on a lot of extra mileage w/o great scenery - better to drop in at the crack at the Coyote Trailhead, camp, come out at Jacob Hamlin (150' rope recommended) - NO DOGS ALLOWED IN COYOTE (it's part of Glen Canyon)

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Noel Raub
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Backpacking

Very cool hike with arches and huge overhangs. A large selection of camp sites both nights found spots with beach sand and wind protection. Plenty of water just bring waterproof boots.

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Jacob Gong
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Backpacking

I did a 2 day trip that got 11 miles into the canyon, sleeping by Jacob Hamlin Arch overnight. Coyote Gulch is a beautiful, gorgeous hike with no one other than a large party camping at the Arch. However, the Red Well approach was 3 stars. The trail is really sandy and pretty overgrown for more than the first 3 miles. If I were to do it again, I would do the Hurricane Wash approach to spend more time in the gulch and less time in the reedy sandy approach. As a word of warning, when the trail doesn't always match up on the opposite side during a stream crossing. It's worth doubling back a little bit on the other side to check to make sure you're catching the right trail. The trail is usually removed away from the creek, so if you cross the creek and start following a trail right along the creek, chances are you've caught a deer trail that will end in brush or lead you to a dead end. The human trail is much more sandy than deer trails, which generally just have pushed over reeds. I've seen some notes on hammocking--some campsites 0.5 mile+ past Jacob Hamlin had some great hammocking trees, but most sites either are overgrown underbrush or don't have the right kind of trees.

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Emily Sonenshine
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Hiking

Super easy hike - the worst part is hiking in the sand during the first 2 miles. This can be done in 2 days but definitely take 3-4 if you want to enjoy the views/play in the water. Went during an extremely busy labor day weekend but still felt like we had the canyon to ourselves for most of the trip. Please please please practice strict LNT on this hike!! Lots of trash by the Arch, really gross. Other than that this was gorgeous and definitely a repeat.

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Elizabeth Waterhouse
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Backpacking

Be prepared.. LoL. First 2 miles (but felt like 5 miles)of soft sandy horse trail.. WEAR wool socks... Sand/Dirt will seep in every crevice.. in the creek trail part some rocks are slippery.. I would of died without my walking pole.. wish I had 2... We hike past big arch Jacob and camped.. next day hiked to end which we found no way out and headed back for lunch in shady first waterfall... Very nice spot to camp if you can snag it.. Views were beautiful and trails were fun.. hike out was treacherous and watch for baby rattlers.. We went beginning of June and stayed 3 days 2 nights.. kid/ family friendly place ♡

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Chris Rankin
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If your going all the way to the river, plan on 4 days. It can probably be done in 3 but we took it slow to take in the scenery. Got to the arch the first day and decided to hike back out on day two instead of continuing because we had a plane to catch. You'll be crossing ankle deep water many times so wear appropriate foot wear. Read several reviews warning there wasn't many places to hang hammocks so we opted for the tents. But there were plenty of available sites where you could hang. Would definitely do this again if I lived closer.

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Tanae Valentine Cook
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Such a fun hike! Bring water shoes. You will be crossing the river lots!

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Stevie Merica
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Backpacking

Beautiful and fun. Very easy and hiking in and out of the water cools you off. It was nice because you could stop wherever and pitch camp for the night, wake up and continue along the trail.

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Kyle Pacatte
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Awesome backpacking trip through the UT desert. So many different things to see, plants, lots of lizards and many scenic views along the way. Some of the trail is through deep sand but is worth the trip. Many water crossings along the way, eventually your feet will get wet. About 10 miles to the Jacob Hamblin Arch. Camping right across the stream from the Arch is a great campsite.

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Pete Morasco
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Pete Morasco
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Martin Gazza
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Sam Lubey
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Kurt Sakurada
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Geri D
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Erica Notini
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