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The Best Hiking in Escalante

Looking for the best hiking in Escalante? We've got you covered with the top trails, trips, hiking, backpacking, camping and more around Escalante. The detailed guides, photos, and reviews are all submitted by the Outbound community.

Top hiking spots in and near Escalante

  • Escalante, Utah

    Backpack the Escalante River

    14 mi / 400 ft gain
    The Escalante River trail is an easily accessible, moderately strenuous hike within Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument. The national monument encompasses over 2 million acres of wilderness, choc-full of large canyons, narrow slot canyons, rivers, hoodoos, arches, natural bridges and more...
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  • Escalante, Utah

    Escalante River Trail: Escalante to UT-12

    12.97 mi / 3373 ft gain
    Escalante River Trail: Escalante to UT-12 is a point-to-point trail that takes you by a river located near Eggnog, Utah.
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  • Escalante, Utah

    Petrified Forest Nature Trail

    1.67 mi / 423 ft gain
    Petrified Forest Nature Trail is a loop trail where you may see beautiful wildflowers located near Escalante, Utah.
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  • Boulder, Utah

    Hike to Escalante Natural Bridge

    5.0
    3.2 mi
    This is a 3.2 mile hike in the Escalante River Canyon near Escalante, Utah. This hike features a number of brief river crossings, so be prepared to get wet! The hike traverses a number of small boulder fields and dense riverside vegetation before concluding at the Escalante Natural Bridge. This h...
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  • Boulder, Utah

    Escalante Natural Bridge

    4.28 mi / 614 ft gain
    Escalante Natural Bridge is an out-and-back trail that takes you by a river located near Escalante, Utah.
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  • Boulder, Utah

    Hike to Lower Calf Creek Falls

    4.7
    6 mi
    The trailhead for lower calf creek falls begins at the Calf Creek Campground. There is a small fee to park in the campground and a larger fee if you plan on camping in the campground. There is potable water and outhouses at the trailhead but parking can be difficult to find during the spring and ...
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  • Boulder, Utah

    Night Photography at Calf Creek Falls

    5.0
    This is a popular destination for campers and tourist hikers alike, so get there early to snag a campsite if you plan on staying the night. Once you have a site, explore the area during the day while the falls are packed and hit the trail around 7 or 8 PM to give yourself time to enjoy the falls,...
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  • Boulder, Utah

    Death Hollow and Escalante River

    34.28 mi / 7802 ft gain
    Death Hollow and Escalante River is a loop trail that takes you by a river located near Boulder, Utah.
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  • Boulder, Utah

    Hike to Upper Calf Creek Falls

    5.0
    2.2 mi
    Finding the trailhead for the Upper Calf Creek Falls can be a little difficult. Head east out of Escalante and follow highway 12 for about 20.6 miles. There will be a dirt turnout on the left hand side that leads to a dirt parking lot and a trail sign with registration for the Upper Calf Creek Fa...
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  • Boulder, Utah

    Backpack Death Hollow in Grand Staircase-Escalante

    22 mi / 1600 ft gain
    The most popular route into Death Hollow is from the Boulder airstrip near the town of Boulder, Utah.  The trailhead for the Boulder Mail Trail begins, or ends here depending on which way you are hiking.  Leave a car at the Highway 12 bridge over the Escalante River for the thru hike, or get luck...
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  • Boulder, Utah

    Boulder Mail Trail

    15.59 mi / 2303 ft gain
    Boulder Mail Trail is a point-to-point trail that takes you by a river located near Escalante, Utah.
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  • Escalante, Utah

    Zebra Slot Canyon

    5.0
    5.18 mi / 315 ft gain
    Zebra slot canyon is located in the heart of Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument in southern Utah. The trail takes you through sandy washes to one of the areas most popular slot canyons to photograph and explore. The hike starts from the parking lot along Hole-In-The-Rock road. Hole-In-T...
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  • Escalante, Utah

    Zebra and Tunnel Slot Canyons Loop

    5.0
    6.63 mi / 535 ft gain
    This place is just outside of Escalante, Utah, about 6 miles drive down the Hole in the Rock Road / BLM 200. You will see a small parking lot on the right side, the trailhead is not marked, but it's right cross the road from parking lot, once you see the trail you can just easily follow it for 1....
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  • Boulder, Utah

    Drive the Burr Trail Scenic Backway

    5.0
    66 mi / 1000 ft gain
    The Burr Trail is a 66 miles mostly-paved road connecting Boulder, Utah / Highway 12 with the Notom-Bullfrog road that passes through some of the most scenic (and largely untouched) painted-rock backcountry in three of our national parks/monuments including Grand Staircase-Escalante, Capitol Reef...
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  • Boulder, Utah

    Camp at Deer Creek Campground

    5.0
    Deer Creek campground is off of the Burr Scenic drive and right outside of the lower part of Capitol Reef National Park. This campground is perfect if you are driving from Bryce Canyon to Capitol Reef. There are a total of 7 tent sites in the campground. There are no spots for RVs and no turn aro...
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  • Escalante, Utah

    Hike to the Cosmic Ashtray

    4.0
    8 mi / 800 ft gain
    ...As a frequent traveler, what's always motivated my travels were locations that have either been on my bucket list, or are places that are photogenic and a little off the beaten path. During my recent 3 week road trip through Northern Arizona and Southern Utah, I had the opportunity to visit a ...
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