Explore the most popular historic site 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.

Loads of fun! We took the trail up and the river walk back, if the water isn’t too high we would highly recommend it. The natural bridge alone is worth the trip but the granary along the left canyon wall is the best we’ve seen in two weeks of exploring Utah! Keep hiking until you’re tired of wrestling with the sand, pop into the river for a cool, leisurely and solitary walk backcourt

Road is easy but the washboard condition make it not worth it. Just beats you to death!

Trail starts at the Escalante river trailhead. First river crossing is about 50 yards into the trail. Sand is deep, so makes this trail slow going. Water feels refreshing. I just wore a pair of shoes that I didn’t mind getting wet. Swapping out for each crossing would suck. After Natural Bridge, watch for the Indian ruins and a jug handle arch on your left. I tracked it as 4.6 miles. Feel free to dm me if you have questions @anderson.outdoors

Great location for spotting dinosaur tracks. My son loved picking them out once he knew what to look for. It’s a bit confusing to find the tracks. They are up on the top bench of white sandstone near the edge. They aren’t a Dino sized hole or something but instead a circular impression that’s in a line with 10-12 others in a distinct track. There’s probably a dozen or so tracks. As far as hiking you climb up some petrified sandstone dunes that are very neatly cross-beaded.

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.

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.

5 months ago

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.

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.

off road driving
6 months 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
6 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.

6 months ago

Fun hike!

scenic driving
10 months ago

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

11 months ago

pretty, but hot and sandy in summer

Sunday, October 01, 2017

Great trail! Five river crossings, so be prepared. We had a lot of fun though.

Sunday, September 03, 2017

Great trail for kids. We took our three kids 5, 7, & 10 years old. Bring sandals! 5 creek crossings each way.

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Easy and great because you can get in the water when hot. Be careful of the rocks you sit on in the water though, I saw tiny leaches on them!

Monday, June 26, 2017

Wish the trail woulda been marked. We ended up going to the petroglyphs by accident, which I'm glad we found those. But we had started out looking for this trail.

You will be going in and out if the stream a few times so wear shoes you can get wet

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.

Monday, April 17, 2017

Excellent Hike, easy and very rewarding. Four water crossings back to the bridge, but that is just the start. Unmentioned, you cross the river on the north side of the arch, if you continue 15 minutes further on the social trail you will be led to a large hieroglyph panel, Sunset Arch, and a Fremont cliff dwelling When you arrive at the cliff dwelling, the hieroglyph is at the top of a small rise on your left. This also places you at the base of the arch, but to see it you cross the river one more time and walk 3 more minutes and is comes into view on your left.

Saturday, October 29, 2016

Awesome reward at the completion of a sometimes technically difficult drive

Saturday, October 15, 2016

Nice stroll along the river, a few semi-deep river crossings so wear sandals or water shoes and shorts! No difficulty whatsoever but pleasant + nice bridge. Our intro hike to Escalante!

Monday, July 04, 2016

The drive to the trail head is more difficult than the hike. We hiked this with 40 youth and they swam in Lake Powell. Plan for all day to travel and hike. Hike was 2 hours round trip. Travel is about 5 hours on dirt road. If you take an ATV it would be faster.

off road driving
Thursday, May 15, 2014

108 miles of hard road to get to Lake Powell. Historically interesting, but a long drive to see it. Dance Hall Rock is also interesting. We are glad we did it, but probably will not make the drive a second time.

off road driving
Sunday, November 10, 2013

Drove all the way to hole-in-the rock and climbed down to the lake. Hiked to a couple of slot canyons.

Monday, June 17, 2013

We've been on this trail twice now. Once in May 2007 & again in June 2009. It's a long rough drive but worth the views. Both times, we camped out so we didn't have to do all the drive in one day. At the end of the road, there is a trail that leads down to the water of Lake Powell. This was where the pioneers had to lower their wagons to cross the river. You can see the rut marks made by the wheels on the rocks and some of the miners stairs. We did the hike in 2009 and it can be challenging in some spots but it's a fun, strenuous hike that is about a mile each way, depending on the lakes level.

off road driving
Monday, March 11, 2013

We drove this trail in July, 2009. It's a nice drive, but you must commit a whole day. When we drove it, there were several washouts that had not been repaired. You need to check locally before you go.

Monday, October 25, 2010

Great area to hike. I went there twice this year and going back next year.

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