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Coyote Gulch via Red Well

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 4.9 (18) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

Enjoy this scenic trip along Coyote Gulch from Hole-In-The-Rock Road to the Escalante River


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28.4

Miles

45.7

KM

Out and Back

4,514' 1,376 m

High

3,785' 1,154 m

Low

1,633' 498 m

Up

1,632' 497 m

Down

2%

Avg Grade (1°)

9%

Max Grade (5°)

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Features Cave · River/Creek · Views · Waterfall · Wildlife

Overnight permits are required and available for free at the trailhead.

Overview

Coyote Gulch via Red Well is a scenic hike from the desert rim to the Escalante River through Coyote Gulch Canyon; arguably one of the most scenic canyons in the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument.

Need to Know

Even in the dry season, Coyote Gulch is wet and there are many stream crossings. You'll be moving along the route in a few inches of water, so be prepared. Check conditions during the spring snowmelt, and always check the weather for the potential for flash floods.

Description

This hike begins at the Red Well Trailhead 1.5 miles off Hole-In-The Rock Road. The turnoff for the Red Well Access Road (BLM 254) is 31mi from the information kiosk.

The route runs along the plateau for 1.5 miles before descending into Coyote Gulch. The gulch slowly narrows and enters a canyon. From there, the trail reaches the confluence with Hurricane Wash at 6.5 miles (which provides alternate access from the Hurricane Wash Trailhead). At 8.1 miles, you'll reach Jacob Hamblin Arch. The arch is perhaps the most aesthetically pleasing aspect of this hike. It's cathedral-like grandeur cannot be done justice in the writing of this description; be sure to stop here and take the arch in.

Next, you'll arrive at Coyote Natural Bridge at 9.8 miles. Past Coyote Natural Bridge, the trail skirts two sets of waterfalls before reaching the Escalante River. There are many campsites available along the route, the best of which are found around Jacob Hamblin Arch and Coyote Natural Bridge.

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Dan Broman

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Jacob Hamblin Arch is just stunning.
Feb 1, 2017 near Escalante, UT
Jacob Hamblin Arch will blow your mind!
Feb 1, 2017 near Escalante, UT
The wash and canyon walls are truly captivating near Jacob Hamblin Arch.
Feb 1, 2017 near Escalante, UT
Fall is a gorgeous time to enjoy Coyote Gulch.
Feb 1, 2017 near Escalante, UT
Remains of a former arch along Coyote Gulch.
Dec 24, 2016 near Escalante, UT
The water was a bit low while we were there in July, but it was clear that wasn't alway the case.
Feb 13, 2020 near Escalante, UT

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Jun 11, 2020
Kalvin Wettstein
Stayed the night at jacob hamblins arch
May 25, 2020
Jordan Bernhardt
Sep 7, 2019
Shaela Mitchell
We just went about 3 miles in and back. It's a great little trail. Beautiful. 6.5mi — 4h 00m
Jun 29, 2019
David Mecham
Few inches of water. Bring bug spray for summer hike 28.4mi
Jun 5, 2019
Theresa Saenz
Coyote Gulch via hurricane wash
May 14, 2019
Haley Lane
May 2, 2019
Brent Hosie
3 days 2 nights
Apr 23, 2019
Pritha Golden
28.4mi — 9h 44m