Coyote Gulch

Location: Escalante
Rating: Basic Canyoneering 2A III
Length: 5-12 hours
Longest Rappel: None
Start: 36 miles down Hole in Rock Road
End: There and Back
Permits: None
Wet Suit: No
Shuttle: No

Overview: This is a very beautiful canyon with nice high walls and a flowing stream that empties into Lake Powel. Nasty deer flies seem to annoy anyone in the canyon, but continue on and eventually you’ll no longer notice them.

Approach: From Hwy 12 leaving Escalante, turn right onto Hole in the Rock Road. From the turn off, drive down Hole-In-The-Rock Road about 36 miles.  A well-traveled road comes in on the left, Forty Mile Ridge road. Turn left and travel 4.5 miles to the top of the hill with a large water tank. Park here. Hike north following a cairned trail across slick-rock about 2 miles to a dramatic overlook of the lower Escalante River. As you approach the cliffs overlooking Coyote Gulch, it looks as though you’ll need ropes, however, there is a steep down scramble to the floor and need of ropes is not necessary. As soon as you drop you will be greeted by an arch. Explore the canyon and have fun!


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