The Escalante river arm off of Lake Powell is a great place to explore. From the Escalante, you can take an easy hike to the natural stone arch at Davis Gulch. The Escalante river arm is the second largest river arm, containing numerous side canyons to explore.

The Escalante is accessible from Buoy 68, and is about an 8 hour boat ride from Bullfrog Marina. Be cautious in this river arm as there are no channel markers. Additionally, be careful under overhanging alcoves as rocks are prone to falling. 

Photos:  Robert Shea

Pack List

  • Plenty of extra fuel and supplies for your boat
  • Water and food
  • Overnight camping gear
  • Warm layers
  • Sun protection 
  • Compass, map, GPS
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Activities Chillin, Camping, Fishing, Photography
Skill Level Intermediate
Season Spring, Summer, Autumn
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