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Utah is a land of unforgettable landscapes and a state where one could spend a year just discovering its many scenic attractions. One of the most stunning attractions is the Coyote Gulf in southern Utah. Here, hikers get to see arches, hardy wetlands, and some of Utah's desert oases. But it is also a more difficult canyon that may require some advanced planning to explore.

The Coyote Gulf is located up from the Grand Canyon by Lake Powell. Lake Powell is also stunning and offers a number of worthwhile resorts. While one is in the area, head south to the other side of Lake Powell in Arizona and visit the Antelope Canyon. The Antelope Canyon is one of the most visually stunning in the USA and is located in the Navajo Nation (a guide is required).


The Coyote Gulch - One Of Utah's Most Stunning Natural Attractions

The Coyote Gulch is a tributary of the Escalante River and extends for around 25 miles or 40 kilometers. The gulch is a dazzling sight boasting narrow slot canyons, domes, high vertical canyon walls, natural bridges, and arches - not all Utah's natural arches are in Arches National Park.

In total, Coyote Gulch boasts two natural arches, a natural bridge, and several waterfalls. The Coyote Gulch is part of the Grand Staircase-Escalante desert and snakes its way down through a breathtaking red rock country. In the end, it joins up with the Escalante River just above Lake Powell.

  • Length: 25 Miles or 40 km
  • Location: Garfield and Kane Counties, Southern Utah

Coyote Gulch is split between two protected areas. The upper parts are in the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, and the lower parts are in the Glen Canyon National Recreation Area.

The gulch's outstanding beauty makes it the most popular backpacking destination in all the canyons of the Escalante. It is notable for its concentration of geologic attractions and its ease of access.

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Coyote Gulch Backcountry Permits

Day visitors are not required to get a permit to visit the Coyote Gulch - however, they are asked to sign the trail register. However, backcountry permits are required for all overnight stays in the Escalante District of the Glen Canyon National Recreation Area.

  • Day Use: Does Not Require A Backcountry Permit
  • Overnight Use: Requires A Backcountry Permit
  • Permit Fee: Free
  • Groups: Limited To a Maximum of 12 People

Visitors can get the needed permits at the Escalante Interagency Visitor Center; alternatively, one can also get a permit at one of the entry trailheads. The visitor center is located in the town of Escalante.

Glen Canyon National Recreation Area Entry Fees:

  • Per Car: $30.00 (Good For Up To Seven Days)
  • Annual Pass: $55.00 (Unlimited Entries For Up To A Year)

While the backcountry permits are free, there is a per-vehicle fee to enter the Glen Canyon National Recreation Area.

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The Coyote Gulch And Hurricane Wash Loop Trail

The Coyote Gulch is explored with the Coyote Gulch and Hurricane Wash Loop Trail. This trail is considered a moderately challenging route and is quite popular.

Coyote Gulch is popular, so expect to see other hikers on the trail - especially during the spring and fall. If one would like a more solitary experience, then consider visiting in the less busy months. A popular hike is the Coyote Gulch Loop Trail.

  • Length: 10.5 miles or 17 km
  • Elevation Gain: 1532 feet or 467 meters
  • Type: Loop Trail
  • Location: Near Lake Powell, Utah
  • Difficulty: Moderately Challenging
  • Dogs: Not Permitted

The hike along the canyon is long, and it is best for an overnighter, although it can be completed in a day if so desired.

  • Tip: Bring Plenty Of Drinking Water

One can hike parts of the trail - according to the National Park Service, the distances are:

  • Red Well Trailhead to The Escalante River - 13 Miles One Way
  • Hurricane Wash Trailhead to Escalante River - 12.3 Miles One Way
  • Fortymile Ridge: Water Tank to Coyote Gulch - 2 Miles One Way
  • Fortymile Ridge: Crack In The Wall To Coyote Gulch - 2.5 Miles One Way

If one feels up to a fairly strenuous (and preferably overnight) hike in Utah, then consider exploring the Coyote Gulch in Utah.