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The Narrows of Grand Gulch

Intermediate
 5.0 (1) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

This short and easy hike travels into Grand Gulch embraced by impressive slickrock canyon walls.


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Map Key

4.2

Miles

6.7

KM

Loop

5,075' 1,547 m

High

4,767' 1,453 m

Low

372' 113 m

Up

372' 114 m

Down

3%

Avg Grade (2°)

14%

Max Grade (8°)

Dogs No Dogs

Features River/Creek · Views

Family Friendly Kids will love viewing The Narrows near the turnaround point.

A Cedar Mesa permit is required (available at the trailhead).

Please Respect and Protect archaeological sites, they are fragile! Stay on trail, don’t move artifacts, and stay off walls. Report looting and vandalism: 1 800 722 3998

Overview

This is one of only a few short routes that will let you experience the confines of Grand Gulch. You descend very quickly into the slickrock gorge of Collins Canyon via a well-defined trail passing towers, domes, hoodoos, and overhanging rims. The Narrows of Grand Gulch are very short (stretching about 25 feet) with the canyon walls about 10 feet apart.

Need to Know

Getting to the trailhead with a low-clearance vehicle requires very careful driving over the slickrock roadbed.

Description

The trail descends moderately from the trailhead into Collins Canyon with the canyon walls slowly rising next to you. Once you reach the canyon floor, you follow the wash. Cairns will guide you in some places across the slickrock and around pour-offs. Pass a larger pour-off at 0.5 miles on the right.

The canyon walls soar up to 300 feet and provide a fair amount of shade, making this a pleasant journey even in higher temperatures. After 1.5 miles, a major side canyon opens up on the left, but you'll want to stay on the right. At the next bend, Collins Canyon merges with Grand Gulch. Continue south (right) down-canyon, where The Narrows will appear on the left. Descend through here, enjoying the narrow passage and the shallow seasonal pool behind it.

When you're ready, simply return the way you came to reach your car.

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Tilman Giese

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Photos

Domes of the Navajo Sandstone peek out from behind the canyon walls.
May 28, 2017 near Blanding, UT
The Narrows in Grand Gulch, looking downstream. About 1/3 mi downstream from the junction with Collins Cyn.
Nov 19, 2018 near Blanding, UT
Collins Canyon touts beautiful sandstone walls.
May 28, 2017 near Blanding, UT
Collins Spring Trailhead presents pleasant desert scenery.
May 28, 2017 near Blanding, UT

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Apr 22, 2017
Tilman Giese
6.2mi — 2h 49m