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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RT Distance 10 Miles
Activities Camping, Photography, Backpacking
Skill Level Intermediate
Season Year Round
Trail Type Out-and-Back
Features
River
Wildlife
Swimming Hole

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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.

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!

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.


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