Coyote Gulch


Coyote Gulch is one of the most popular hiking destinations in the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, given the multitude of options for access and the abundance of geological features along its course. While many of the hikes start in the national monument, the eastern reaches of Coyote Gulch and the main course of the Escalante River are in Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, another large protected area. Versions of this hike are an overnight backpack, some are easy dayhikes and some even use Coyote Gulch as an exit point for rafting the Escalante River’s gem of a canyon. Jacob Hamblin Arch and Coyote Bridge are impressive in their own right, but near the confluence of Coyote Gulch and the Escalante River, high above the canyon sits one of the world’s largest arches, Steven’s Arch. At over 200 feet tall, the arch is especially impressive perched atop another 500 foot canyon wall above a sharp turn in the river. It has been rumored that local pilots have flown small aircraft through the natural wonder.