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Bullet Canyon Trail

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 4.5 (6)

Follow Bullet Canyon as it evolves into a spectacular canyon about 600 feet deep.


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Map Key

7.1

Miles

11.4

KM

Point to Point

6,396' 1,950 m

High

5,366' 1,636 m

Low

71' 22 m

Up

1,101' 336 m

Down

3%

Avg Grade (2°)

27%

Max Grade (15°)

Dogs Leashed

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Cedar Mesa permit required (available at the trailhead).

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Description

Bullet Canyon is a major tributary to Grand Gulch. This popular trail takes you down steep slickrock descends that can be challenging even for experienced hikers. The trail initially follows the rim of shallow Bullet Canyon and zigzags onto the canyon floor after 0.2 miles. From that point on, Bullet Canyon gradually grows deeper. At 1.4 miles you encounter several steep slickrock chutes that can be dangerous when wet. Follow the cairns on the right side. At the bottom of the chutes, the canyon walls are almost 600 feet high. The trail then mostly follows the wash, but also traverses a major slickrock ledge. After 3 miles, the trail becomes well defined and amazing amphitheaters open up on all sides offering premium scenery. Perfect Kiva, an ancient Anasazi ruin can be reached from a small side trail after about 4.5 miles. The trail then gets increasingly sandy and depending on the season you'll have to bushwhack your way through the thicket. There are several good camp sites at the confluence of Bullet Canyon and Grand Gulch.

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Tilman Giese

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  4.5 from 6 votes

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in Cedar Mesa

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This is the slickrock chute leading to the canyon floor.
May 29, 2017 near Blanding, UT
This is the first of several steep chutes to get to the canyon floor. Get ready!
May 29, 2017 near Blanding, UT
The anticipation builds as we descend into Bullet Canyon.
May 29, 2017 near Blanding, UT
The walls of Bullet Canyon create a nice contrast with the blue desert sky.
Jul 15, 2019 near Blanding, UT
The Bullet Canyon walls reach up to 600 feet here!
May 29, 2017 near Blanding, UT
At this point, Bullet Canyon widens to a beautiful panoramic view.
May 29, 2017 near Blanding, UT

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May 27, 2019
Mickey Denison
5mi
Nov 14, 2018
Bogie Dee
Apr 23, 2017
Tilman Giese
16.2mi — 8h 09m