Backpack Coyote Gulch

Utah Coyote Gulch Trailhead

Added by Colton Marsala

This is the quintessential Escalante canyon trip. You'll explore huge natural arches and massive desert undercuts. This trip is great as a 3 day, 2 nighter, but can also be turned into a 2-5 mile day hike depending on your time.

Easy hiking, water availability, and spectacular scenery make this a "must do" hike. Three days are best to see all this canyon has to offer. You can either make this a 3-5 mile hike or a longer 10-15 mile hike. The perfect trip down Coyote Gulch is three days and two nights. Hike in to Jacob Hamblin Arch on the first day and camp.

There are many great places to camp in the area of Jacob Hamblin Arch. On the second day, leave your gear and day hike down to the Escalante River and back to camp. Hike out on the third day. Be sure to explore some of the side canyons, ledges, and rincons (abandoned river meanders). Watch for wildlife and keep your camera ready!

Pack List

  • Water
  • Hiking shoes
  • Tent
  • Water sterilizer
  • Camera
  • Sleeping bag
  • Sleeping pad
  • Food
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Backpacking, Camping, Photography

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Year Round

Trail Type:



10 Miles



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1 day ago

Coyote Gulch With The Family

Took my wife and three kids (18,15, and 12) down Coyote Gulch over fall break. We started at 40-Mile Ridge and scrambled out at Jacob Hamblin Arch. What a spectacular place, especially after Arrowhead Canyon. The scramble out was difficult (especially with packs) but luckily, someone had fixed a rope for this popular weekend. The scramble out is just before Jacob Hamblin Arch but you really should go around the bend and see the backside of the arch, that is the best view and photo op. The water running down the Gulch is very silty and difficult to filter. But, there are many springs along the way. We filtered water at Arrowhead Canyon. Don't miss the "Black Lagoon" at the head of that canyon. There are supposed to be petroglyphs there too but we couldn't find them. Bucket list location for sure. Awesome trip.

1 day ago

27 days ago

Bucket List Must!

This hike has a special place in my heart as it was my very first backpacking trip. We couldn't make it out of slick rock with our packs but the group ahead of us (experienced climbers) had no problem getting out -- we ended up having to exit out of hurricane wash. Great trail, great views, and a must for your bucket list. Watch out for the ticks!

27 days ago

about 1 month ago

Hidden gem

Absolutely magnificent. The trail from Hurricane Wash made for a hot but easy hike into the gulch. Camped before Jacob Hamblin Arch to avoid the group of tents gathered around its base. Compared to Arches National Park, though, this place was deserted. And in my opinion, Coyote Gulch was more stunning than anything I saw at Arches. The river was cool. The canyon walls were awe-inspiring. Photos don't do it justice.

about 1 month ago

5 months ago

Perfect 3-day trip!

Our group of 9 explored Steven's Complex and backpacked around ~25 miles roundtrip over a 3 day period. Temperature was perfect during the day and at night in late May. Would highly recommend to everyone.

5 months ago

8 months ago


Lots of little places to explore, river to walk in to cool off, beautiful hike for everyone

8 months ago

12 months ago

The scenery is amazing from start to finish! Another option is to start above the escalante and shuttle to the trailhead, which is about 12-14 miles. When i went the creek was carrying a lot of silt, so bring something to keep your filter from clogging. Would recommend going when it is warmer. They don't allow fires, so late fall to early spring will be very cold.

12 months ago

over 1 year ago

If you don't have aqua socks or waterproof shoes or whatever this is a really easy hike to do barefoot. I did the 14 mile trail with no shoes no problem, it was really nice to walk through the water the whole way. It is a really beautiful hike and I really recommend going.

over 1 year ago

over 1 year ago

I've done this once, and it was amazing. Lucky for me, we went into Coyote Gulch just after the 4th of July in 2011. For those of you who don't remember, that was the summer after the very long 2010/2011 winter. Temperatures were very mild, maybe making it into the 80s. The creek was also flowing the entire time. On day 1 and day 3 of the trip, we didn't see anyone on the trails at all. On the middle day, we saw ~10 total people, and that's because we went on a dayhike from our site. We did need the rope we brought with to lower and raise our packs over the cliff face when first going into the gulch and leaving it. I'm not talking about climbing rope, but nylon rope you'd use to hang clothes on, or secure things in a trailer. I really can't wait to get down there again!

over 1 year ago

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