Tag Archives: Hurricane Wash Trailhead

October 3, 2016 Above Crack-in-the-Wall, Coyote Gulch

Photo Gallery: Hiking and Backpacking Utah’s Wild Escalante

In Backpacking, Family Adventures, Hiking   |   Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,   |   2 Comments

By Michael Lanza

Explore slot canyons so narrow you have to take off your daypack and turn sideways to squeeze through. Dayhike to a waterfall that pours 126 feet over a multi-colored cliff into a perfect swimming hole. Backpack one of southern Utah’s most achingly gorgeous and family-friendly canyons. And that merely scrapes the surface of this weeklong adventure in the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument. The photo gallery below offers a peek behind the curtain of this less-busy corner of the Southwest’s canyonlands.

Continue reading →

November 5, 2015 Above Crack-in-the-Wall, Coyote Gulch, Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, Utah.

Great Trip: Backpacking Coyote Gulch in Utah’s Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument

In Backpacking, Family Adventures   |   Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,   |   Leave a comment

By Michael Lanza

Whether you’re an expert desert backpacker, taking a first multi-day hike in the Southwest canyon country, or heading out with your family, the three-day hike of Coyote Gulch has everything you’d want in a canyon trip: soaring, redrock canyon walls that go for miles, surprisingly lush greenery, a year-round creek that saves you from having to carry a lot of water, and relatively easy hiking. Little wonder that this tributary canyon of the Escalante River, in southern Utah’s Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, has earned a reputation as a classic. Continue reading →

September 25, 2013 Jacob Hamblin Arch, Coyote Gulch, Utah.

Photo Gallery: Backpacking Utah’s Coyote Gulch

In Backpacking, Family Adventures, Hiking   |   Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , ,   |   Leave a comment

With soaring, redrock canyon walls that go for miles, surprisingly lush greenery, a year-round creek that saves you from having to carry a lot of water, and relatively easy hiking, it’s little wonder that Coyote Gulch in southern Utah’s Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument has become a classic two- to three-day backpacking trip, and popular with families. Fall and spring are the best times to hike it. Check out this gallery of photos for inspiration. Then read my story about a weeklong family trip spent backpacking Coyote Gulch as well as dayhiking in Bryce Canyon and Capitol Reef National Parks, with more photos, a video, and info for planning your trip there.

 

April 18, 2013 Above Crack-in-the-Wall, Coyote Gulch, Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, Utah

Playing the Memory Game in Southern Utah’s Escalante, Capitol Reef, and Bryce Canyon

In Backpacking, Family Adventures, Hiking, National Park Adventures   |   Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,   |   Leave a comment

By Michael Lanza

Below a deep gash in a 50-foot-tall cliff of golden sandstone, shaded from the low, late-afternoon sun of early spring, I scramble up a steep slab using in-cut holds carved into the soft rock. Ten or 12 feet off the ground, I pull myself over the lip of a ledge to peer into a narrow cut in the earth, a hidden geologic oddity that lures in a certain type of hiker for one reason: because it’s barely wide enough for humans to squeeze through. And I have to smile.

I’m grinning first of all because I’ve found just what we had hoped to see. Water sometimes pools in a couple of potholes near the mouth of this slot canyon, and the air temperature today feels a little too cool to soak ourselves in cold water. Today, though, the sandy-bottomed, giant stone teacups are dry. But secondly, touching me on a more personal level, this canyon’s entrance looks much as I remember it from the first time I hiked through here, 16 years ago this month.

In less than two hours, my impression of this place will be almost completely remade. Continue reading →

Like This Story? Get My Free Email Newsletter!

Enter your email for updates about new stories, expert tips, and gear reviews.


Grand Canyon Hiker