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Best trails in Escalante

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Looking for a great trail near Escalante, Utah? AllTrails has 29 great hiking trails, views trails, dogs leash trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. If you're looking for the best trails in Capitol Reef National Park, we've got you covered. You'll also find some great local park options, like Scorpion Wilderness Study Area or Phipps Death Hollow Natural Area. Ready for some activity? There are 16 moderate trails in Escalante ranging from 1.9 to 27.7 miles and from 4,514 to 9,212 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!
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Map of trails in Escalante
Top trails (29)
#1 - Dry Fork Narrows, Peekaboo and Spooky Slot Canyons
Grand Staircase - Escalante National Monument
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Length: 6.3 mi • Est. 3 h 2 m
NOTE: The route on this page has been update to reflect the new parking/route to the canyons as of 2/14/20 The route now begins at the overflow lot. You can make this hike shorter by trying the upper Show more
#2 - Zebra and Tunnel Slots
Grand Staircase - Escalante National Monument
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Length: 6.6 mi • Est. 2 h 57 m
As of March 30, 2020, users have reported that part of the route had a barbed wire fence. Please consult the park's website before visiting. Show more
#3 - Zebra Canyon
Grand Staircase - Escalante National Monument
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Length: 5.2 mi • Est. 2 h 5 m
Zebra Canyon is a 5.2 mile heavily 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, walking, and naShow more
#4 - Devils Garden
Grand Staircase - Escalante National Monument
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Length: 1 mi • Est. 28 m
An outstanding natural area!Show more
#5 - The Golden Cathedral Trail
Glen Canyon National Recreation Area
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Length: 9.1 mi • Est. 4 h 44 m
This hike takes you to the Golden Cathedral at the bottom of Neon Canyon. Do not underestimate this hike. On paper it doesn't seem like it should be too difficult, but it is more challenging than mosShow more
#6 - Escalante Natural Bridge
Grand Staircase - Escalante National Monument
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Length: 4.4 mi • Est. 1 h 58 m
This is a fun trail that requires multiple river crossings so be prepared to get your feet wet. It can be HOT and sandy in summer. along the south side of the canyon walking you'll first come to the nShow more
#7 - Hurricane Wash to Coyote Gulch
Glen Canyon National Recreation Area
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Length: 26.7 mi • Est. Multi-day
Spectacular views passing through Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument and Glen Canyon National Recreation Area along Hurricane Wash and Coyote Gulch to the Escalante River.Show more
#8 - Bighorn Canyon Trail
Grand Staircase - Escalante National Monument
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Length: 7.2 mi • Est. 3 h 13 m
Big Horn Canyon is a tributary of Harris Wash. It runs for three miles through alternating slick rock and sand. The slots cut into the Navajo sandstone rock layers displaying an unusually wide range Show more
#9 - Petrified Forest Nature Trail
Escalante Petrified Forest State Park
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Length: 1.9 mi • Est. 1 h 6 m
Petrified Forest Nature Trail is a 1.9 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Escalante, Utah that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiShow more
#10 - Red Breaks Slot Canyon Trail
Grand Staircase - Escalante National Monument
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Length: 7.3 mi • Est. 3 h 35 m
The Red Breaks slot canyon shares the Harris Wash trailhead, then immediately heads left up the first side wash. The main narrows start after about one hour of hiking. The slot is never very deep but Show more
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