Explore the most popular camping trails near Escalante with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

off road driving
9 days ago

Road was very rough and unclear in my opinion about specific whereabouts of trails and what not. Pretty great scenery and hikes along the way though.

off road driving
15 days ago

Absolutely one of the worst roads I have ever been on. Plan on going either under 10 mph, or over 45 mph if your daring (this allows you to skim over the small bumps in the road). Pathetic road conditions.Giving three stars because of the incredible scenery and hikes along the way. Would give less.

If you're in a rental, enjoy the drive! If you're in your own car, it will probably never be the same again unless you're careful.

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.

scenic driving
25 days 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.

Stunning Rod Rocks, arches, small falls, all breathtaking

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.

By far one of the best hikes I’ve ever been on. The views are unbelievable.

A few notes:

We spoke to a ranger in the cannonsville station to grab permits to camp near the Egypt trailhead. Told her we were going to the cathedral, through the fence canyon route. She suggested we took a different route, which only required 1 river crossing rather than 5.

Once we were at the trailhead we decided to go for the fence canyon route since we had a gps with it loaded on. Trail is tough, and navigation skills are necessary. Scope out the best spots to cross the river at each point. Was about thigh-waist high deep at its deepest point in early March.

After the 5th river crossing we were like screwwwww this, so we decided to go the route the ranger suggested to us on the way back.
Cross the river just south of the neon canyon entrance and walk directly away from the dome that signals the entrance of the canyon. After that, you’ll feel like you’re lost in the desert for an hour or so, but you’ll easily be able to locate the final ascent to the TH. Lots of ups and downs, but Definitely worth going this route over fence canyon if you aren’t feeling a bunch of river crossings.

Overall, 10/10 hike, 10/10 views, one hell of an adventure.

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.

hiking
5 months ago

kinda the long way to do this - better to drop in at the trailhead via the crack, camp, come out at Jacob Hamlin (150' of rope recommended) - NO DOGS ALLOWED IN COYOTE (it's part of Glen Canyon)

hiking
5 months ago

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)

scenic driving
5 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.

scenic driving
5 months ago

road past Spooky / Peek-A-Boo turnoff is ROUGH

backpacking
7 months ago

Awesome trail, very fun. Stayed two nights. Entered through crack in the wall, had to lower the packs. A very beautiful trail when the leaves are just turning.
The bathroom by the first waterfall was quite appreciated, though very unexpected.

7 months ago

Went about 4.5 up trail from south end. Lots of stream crossings, turned back when lost trail. Very nice hike until that point, if you don't mind getting feet wet. Saw another group at TH but no one else on trail. South TH easy to get to with 2WD. Consider long pants for the brush.

I would agree with person who said not sure if end destination rates a 5. Definitely do it with a GPS. Most people make it round trip 6 to 8 hours, a few who know where they're going might do it 4 to 5. It was quicker for us on way back because we knew better where we were going. The Escalante River crossings were somewhat confusing and winding our way through the tamerisk and river reeds was a challenge at some points. The end reminded me a bit of a larger calf creek falls perhaps without the water flowing, but the dome of the rock formation was pretty cool. We were so concerned about making sure we did not take too long to get back to our car at a reasonable hour--took us longer to get there than we thought--that we didn't feel we had the time to stay and take it in. BE SURE to bring 100 oz of hydration or a bit more. In summer I'd bring even more than that. Can't imagine doing this hike in 90/95+ temps. I'd worry about bringing enough hydration. October was great. Not sure we would have found it without GPS, or perhaps would have take us longer and then water would have been even more important.

backpacking
7 months ago

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.

Worth every minute I the hike. We entered through crack in the law and attempted to exit via the sneaker trail that did not have good enough climbing shoes. We returned the same way we entered and it was worth the 2nd view!

backpacking
8 months ago

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.

Not so sure if the end destination is worth it. It's beautiful, but hard. The desert trail is pretty rough and almost non-existent. Thank god for GPS. I would not do this hike without one.

I have not ventured much into this trail, but it appears to be difficult and remote, so I gave 5 stars because of that and because the trailhead is very well marked by a road sign right before mile marker 74 on scenic byway 12.
Not even 30 steps into the trail I was met with a rather tall overhang of the mountain. The only way to climb up there was to conquer a boulder the height of my chest. Considering I was alone and with a fractured toe, I opted out right there. But hope to come back one day and conquer this trail. If you are in a great physical shape and looking for solitude with no hikers on the way, this is the one!

We were definitely over confident on this one....but will be going back for sure. The trail is not clearly marked at all. We had several references and researched our route. But still struggled to find our way. Next time we will camp at the trailhead and leave early to avoid the heat. We will take plenty of extra water and end up back before dark with plenty of time to enjoy the cathedral. It's absolutely gorgeous !
Be sure to stay to the left as the canyon splits, and the switchbacks donate not easy to see from the top.....but they are there. It was easy to get confused on the way back. But we did find the big red arrow painted on the rock by the sand hill, finally. It was brutal, but we made it back just as the sun disappeared. Some were not as lucky.
The search and rescue were heading down the mountain as we were climbing up. Be safe out there.
I would definitely recommend a GPS.

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.

backpacking
11 months ago

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 ♡

hiking
11 months ago

trail along the Escalante River can be VERY difficult to locate on the way back - you pop out of the reeds at one point onto the river trail, but if you aren't careful to mark it or aren't carrying a GPS you can overshoot the turn on the way back and then end up at an odd dead end north of the turn - I ended up spending the night over a strangers campfire who was fortunately camping near the way out and had a GPS

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Amazing hike going East to West. Had a blast!

Sunday, April 30, 2017

If you start from the top, it's real hot for the last 3 miles.
If you start from the bottom, it's uphill.

Some of the biggest pine in the forest are in this canyon and a very nice hike.

Sunday, April 30, 2017

If you start from the top, it's real hot for the last 3 miles.
If you start from the bottom, it's uphill.

Some of the biggest pine in the forest are in this canyon and a very nice hike.

hiking
Sunday, April 30, 2017

Road to trailhead in great condition, first mile sucks but keep to the wash and the water will start close to the gate. Super clean water and tight canyon walls. Great way to pop into the Escalante and hike from there. Bring aqueous shoes if you don't mind moderately wet boots

nature trips
Monday, April 17, 2017

High rating because of the Mormon History. The trail condition did not allow easy access to the lake.
Their was about a 10 ft. drop early in the hike that I did not want to take my grandson down. Would of preferred to have gone to the lake. High rating because the road leads to dozens of hike options that are some of the best in the area. You can easily spend two weeks here and not tire of the area. The road was extremely wash boarded and would of taken over 6 hours to travel their and back if you did it none stop. Easily doable in a two wheel drive SUV when I went. Road conditions subject to change, check with local authorities, or other travelers before attempting.

Saturday, April 15, 2017

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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