The Volcano / Cosmic Ashtray is a 9 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Escalante, Utah that offers scenic views and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, nature trips, and birding and is best used from March until November.

Length9.0 miElevation gain974 ftRoute typeOut & back
HikingNature tripsBird watchingViewsRockyNo shade
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Vince Cicero
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Mountains of sandstone are difficult to navigate, especially at night. The app works well.

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Vince Cicero
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Non-existent.

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Sarah Clesi
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what is this place? how did it get here? most amazing, mystical place I've ever seen.

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Yossi Pinhas
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HikingGreat!

A very good hike, the road is sandy, 4 wheels car must there. We were driving and just parked the car close to the view and then just started to go up. In the Ashtray itself it very high to go down so we didn't take a chance even though we brought a rope. Worth to get to the end. reminds of horse shoe bend but with sand around the rock. we did 3 miles from the place we parked. took us 2 hours

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Brandon Brandon Bennett
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Debbie Gustafson
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HikingGreat!

Great hike from Harris wash. We drove past the trailhead about 2 miles. The road isn’t too bad if you have a high profile vehicle. Makes the hike a little shorter and better in my opinion. Otherwise, you walk up the road for 2 miles. From there it was an amazing hike and the trail is the perfect amount of climbing and technical for the moderate hiker. My husband and I are 57 and 58 and are pretty active, we really enjoyed it. The hike is beautiful with a lot of amazing landscapes to see as you go. We went to both sides of the dome. Not to difficult to do. It is so much bigger than you image. We highly recommend it. Most dogs would do well with this hike but they cannot go down into the dome. We went today February 20th, 53 degrees and sunny until the storm rolled in. We saw 1 other guy the whole time we were there.

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Viv Benjamin
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HikingGreat!No shadeOff trail

Hiked 2/15/21 and it’s no longer muddy right now. Easy drive in a 4x4 to the trailhead, followed by a nice dry walk up the trail to the volcano. Had lunch overlooking the cosmic ashtray. We had the whole trail to ourselves all day, didn’t see any other hikers. If you plan to go down into the ashtray pit, definitely don’t go alone unless you’re a very experienced rock climber.

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Svem N
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HikingGreat!No shadeOff trail

We loved this hike! It felt like we were walking on Mars. Definitely download the trail map as it is impossible to find the trail on the slick rock. We drove up most of the way in a stock tacoma and stopped about 1/4 mile before you hit the very deep sand section in the road. There are some spots to pullover by the trees, then follow your map up the slick rock. I initially thought the ashtray looked unimpressive in photos, but when we arrived I was taken back by the large scale of this geologic feature. One of my favorites for sure. We hiked this trail in the rain, and there were no slot canyons so it was fine.

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Jill Carlsen
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HikingNo shadeOff trailRockyScrambleSnow

This was a really cool hike. Definitely download the map ahead of time as there is no cell service and the last 1.5miles is not marked. The AllTrails map was perfect and took us exactly where we needed to go. It did drain my battery pretty fast, so it might be a good idea to bring a portable power bank just in case. The longest stretch is on a dirt road, which you can drive if you have a high clearance vehicle. I personally did not have any trouble with deep sand at the time that I went. For reference, I have a stock Jeep JLU and didn't have any issues.

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Sarah Chaya Tauman
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absolutely loved this hike. however, BEWARE of very deep sand on BLM road - best place to park is about 3 miles in; there was a flat red rock outcropping on the left which was easy to get onto - on the alltrails map that's just where you see the dotted line veer off to the right, and the red trail heads to the left at exactly that spot - you'll walk towards the tallest peak which appears to have a crater at the top. so, download the map and watch the gps closely as you approach this point - if you overshoot and continue to drive along that dotted line, you will likely get stuck in sand about 1 minute later like we did (we were in a rented jeep 4x4 which did great the rest of the way). luckily we were saved by 2 guys who were in massive trucks which were clearly outfitted for serious offroading, and they were also having some trouble, so, not a good spot for the inexperienced or unprepared. the scenery on the hike is outstanding, traversing the desert without any trail or markers/cairns etc. was some added fun, and the ashtray itself is absolutely worth seeing in person, as pictures do not do it justice. it was 39 degrees today and very comfortable in the sun; it seems this is the perfect season to be here.

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Mallika Ranjan
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HikingGreat!No shade

Once you are on the first slickrock junction watch all trails carefully and stay on your left - else you just walk around and backtrack like us :) Drove to the trailhead in an outback. One sketchy section with a broken pipe and few deep sand sections but we made it pretty far up the road.

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Nate King
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BackpackingNo shadeOff trailRocky

Made the mistake of going at night for sure do this trail during daylight. Have a GPS and a topographical map. The scenery is absolutely stunning and the cosmic ashtray is amazing. For sure do this hike!

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Christine Blake
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We drove as far as our 4wd would take us. The ‘trail’ up until that point was just a dirt road. Boring. We had about 1mile to hike but it was a scramble and a lot of elevation in that mile. The ashtray was incredible! We did not attempt to climb in as it was way bigger than we expected. (That’s what she said) Definitely cool!

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Maria Surina
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OHV/Off-road drivingNo shadeOff trail

The Cosmic Ashtray is amazing, and we were there absolutely alone. We were able to drive pretty close to the volcano and hike for last 1-1.5 mile. We had a 4x4 car with high clearance which you will definitely need if you want to drive all the way up. I would say if you want to hike to the Cosmic Ashtray maybe consider other route, because this one will follow the dirt road for most of the way.

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Eric Haag
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Not sure about all the 5 star reviews on this one. Yes the Cosmic Ashtray was very cool, but what about the rest of the trail. 6 of the 9 miles are on a dirt road, nothing too special about that. While they do get better towards the end, the views are just ok for much of the hike. In my opinion just an average trail.

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Karli W
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HikingGreat!No shade
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Stacey Duster
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HikingNo shadeOff trail

We drove up past the Harris Wash trailhead, cutting the trail to about 1.5mi each way, making the trail manageable in the summer heat. Bring 2-4 liters of water per person, some snacks, and a 60-65ft rope if you want to climb into the ashtray. We used a small tree as a natural anchor to climb down that worked fine

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