Explore the most popular dogs on leash 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.

Recommend hiking as a loop. Take the normal trail in and traverse the 5 Creek crossings. They weren't deeper than halfway up my calf at any of them. Then on your way out take the shortcut trail back. Was a great loop hike and big change in scenery. We hiked in 95 degree heat. Left early morning and the hike down was no problem. Hiking out and climbing back up the wall at the end to get to the car was a good challenge. If it's over 90 I would say this trail rating increases to hard. We both took 3 liters of water in camelbacks and 3 water bottles. GPS made this hike much easier! HIGHLY RECOMMEND GPS!!! Can't imagine trying to decipher all the spinoff trails from the real trail without it!

I wouldn’t recommend it. AllTrails currently has it listed as 6.6 but it’s longer than that. The NPS website lists just tunnel slot out and back at 7.2, geometry tells me that if you take a roundabout way back via zebra slot instead of the straight line it has to be longer than 7.2. We clocked it at right around 7.9.

The slots were cool but I’m not sure the 7.8 miles of hot, blah dessert with zero shade was worth it. If I were going to recommend anything to people it would be just do Zebra slot out and back (5.7 miles) and make sure to do it early or late don’t be out in the middle of the day. The tunnel slot wasn’t very exciting and those three extra miles in the July heat really sucked.

It is not only great for kids...it's a giant playground for adults!! Really super for a short morning or late afternoon trip!!

hiking
14 days ago

Scenic interesting easy hike. No crowds or traffic in June. Waded chest high cold but refreshing water. Would have been much easier to locate if we'd had this app.

Yikes wish we had read Doug’s post from last year , we only hiked to the bridge , not knowing about the arch , dwelling, or petroglyphs beyond the bridge .Start early , we hiked early afternoon & it was a scorcher ! The multiple water crossings were cooling, but not deep , so we kept crossing bare/footed which slowed us down as we put hiking shoes on/off. Long stretches of this trail are full sun & deep sand. We found ourselves rushing to each shady spot for relief .The sand definitely slowed us down. Look forward to repeating this hike just earlier in the day & continuing further.

hiking
27 days ago

We did this hike with three little kids, ages 6, 7, and 10 when it was hot and windy. We started at 12:00, which is definitely one thing I would change given that it was just so hot during the hike back. I would recommend starting at 8:00 if the forecast calls for high temperatures. The slot canyon is beautiful and fun, with great photo opportunities.

Great hike and super dog friendly. Lots of place for the pup to cool off. Only thing I’d do different is bring river shoes. I went barefoot after the second crossing or so and the sand does get plenty hot.

Lovely, relaxed hike through sand and 4-5 shallow river crossings. The natural bridge at the end is towering and majestic. The babbling stream cooled our feet, and around every curve, a stunning, different canyon view appeared.

Good hike, great scenery. Trail follows the river so if you or the pups get hot, wade on in. The water was a great break.

hiking
1 month ago

Neat area to wander around in for awhile. Lots of little side trails to explore, with cool rock formations. There is no water at the park.

hiking
1 month ago

Really fun hike, tunnel slot had 16in of freaking cold water in it and a small pool just past it. The water was a great break from the 90' heat. Zebra was dry but very cool inside.
There is a rock arrow marking the entrance to tunnel out on the wash. Only trouble we had was getting a 70lb dog over the rock fall just past the pool.
Overall a great hike! Take twice as much water as you think you'll need. Me and the dog blew through 6 liters!

backpacking
1 month ago

We started the hike in around 10 pm. We had downloaded the map so we could hike in later. The hike at night was beautiful and nice and cool. We made it to just above the river then camped a night. The next morning we started the hike to the cathedral. We decided to stay in the river as much as possible so we made the hike a little longer but it kept us cool. The cathedral was beautiful and the hike in the river was very enjoyable!! We hiked out around noon and the last part of the hike where you gain a lot of your elevation was brutal in the sun! We filtered at the last portion of water and was out by time we reached the trailhead!

Amazing views, fun hike for the whole family. Take lots of water, the red rocks get very hot.

Great hike with scenic views the entire way. The end before the slot canyon was extremely sandy, so be sure to bring appropriate shoes. We had sneakers on and it made it difficult. We also brought the dog which was great until the slot - had to take turns going in because we couldn't bring him in there - very narrow. I would not do this again, but the slot canyon at the end was amazing. Worth seeing once.

Perfect for kids that like to explore.

Fun hike and nice to stop and play in the water. The sand gets HOT! Took my two small kids. We didn’t make it all the way, because they wanted to stop and play in the water and sand.

hiking
1 month ago

Overall a great trip. But the “creeks” on the second half of the trip are small standing water pools. They are very dirty and clogged our filters. We went a full day without water because of that.

Once you get into Death Hallow it’s almost impossible to avoid the poison ivy except to walk through the river. It’s enjoyable, but very slow going in there. The water gets mid-thigh for an average hight guy and about to hips for an average girl. Probably a good idea to water proof your packs incase you fall while hiking through it. And again, leaving death hallow is the last time you have flowing water, so fill up!

There is a TON of elevation change through the entire trail, and the ups and down into the “creeks” are intense! It’s definitely not an easy hike. But lots of changes of scenery and beautiful views.

Overall the hike was great and I will do it again.

I hiked this with my wife and four kids. Our kids ranged from 16-11 and each of them did well. Our eleven-year-old was tired and complained a bit once we started hiking out. He was hot and tired, but he pushed through.

I had my Garmin Rino 650 with a waypoint loaded to the mouth of the canyon and it helped. The trail is marked all over the place and sometimes we found multiple trails. As long as you find a reference point and kept that in mind it was easy to find the trail. Once we got to the river it wasn't long until we found our way to the mouth of the canyon. We did wade through the water for a quarter of a mile, but it was only half way up my shin.

The water was a nice relief and I would suggest taking a swimsuit to hang out for a bit.

We (I) decided to try the "shortcut" route on the way back and I honestly prefer the main trail. It was sandy for most of the hike back and that made it difficult for the kids. We stopped frequently to empty shoes.

As far as hydration goes, take plenty of water. We each hauled 100 oz. in Camelbak's and two each 12oz. waterbottles. Our 13-year-old ran out (In her Camelbak) just as we climbed out of the river bottom coming back out. I ended the hike with just under .5 liter left. I will take a filter next time and fill up in the river before hiking out. The weather was calm and mid 70's for the day, but hiking through the desert it felt like it was 90.

We started at 10:58 AM and made it back to the TH at 4:55PM. We hiked for a total of 4:07 hours and had breaks for 1:49 hours. Overall our hike was 9.3 miles in 5:57 hours according to the GPS.

Fun little hike. We also walked up a narrow canyon west and south of the arch that fed into the wash. Short but would be torture on a hot day.

Don’t believe the trail route indicated here — if you follow it exactly you’ll be stranded on the cliff edge.

Great hike. made it 8 miles in and didnt see the other trail head and turned back. the stream is full of 9 inch Brookies, some rainbows, and apparently browns but I couldn't distinguish any of those from the brookies. the trail crosses the stream a lot, and is a very sandy trail. so expect it to be slow going through the loose sand, but it's a ton of fun and there's a lot of shade for breaks and such. only saw two groups over three days. not lots of camping spots away from trail so just do what you can to reuse spots.

nature trips
1 month ago

This is a photographer's dream. Loved the garden and easy access to drive to, no hiking!

hiking
1 month ago

We hiked this trail last year, but there was too much very cold water in the slot to get in far enough to see the Zebra striping in the rock. Today, no water in the slot!!! Yay!!!

Well worth the effort, beautiful red rock on the hike out, parts are reminiscent of the area near The Wave in Arizona. Beautiful striping in the slot if you can make it past the small blockage about 2/3 of the way in.

Trail is easy to follow, just be sure when you reach Harris Wash to look for the small cairns which lead you to the left, up the wash to the slot.

I noticed a lot of these photos are of Corona Arch in Moab - not Willow Gulch in Escalante...

A nice hike if you have 2 hours, but not a must do. To really see the petrified wood, you need to do the optional trail loop, making the total hike 2.3 miles. $8 entrance fee per vehicle.

off road driving
1 month 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.

It’s a shorter slot canyon but beautiful canyon walls.

So cool!!! If you're claustrophobic you might not want to go through the rocks when you get there, it gets pretty narrow when you get through and there is a dead end. Just liked this May 7th and there's about 20 yards of water to walk through about knees deep as well. Awesome hike though.

hiking
2 months ago

I rate this five stars for its ease of accessibility and beauty. There are not many areas where you can pull off the road and immediately be swept up in a hiking wonderland.

The drive on BLM200 is a little rutted but not so bad that our car, “Pepe the Prius” couldn’t make it.

Great for afternoon picnics or a quick place to just enjoy the splendor and enchantment of an unusual destination.

Easy parking and bathrooms onsite.

Hike, enjoy, relax and discover. Lots of fun for all ages.

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off road driving
2 months 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.

Beautiful trail to deliver mail! I will definitely be coming back for more. Not an easy hike and plan for lots of poison ivy in the canyon!

Overall it was epic!

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