“Enjoy this scenic trip along Coyote Gulch from Hole-In-The-Rock Road to the Escalante River
— Dan Broman
Cave · River/Creek · Views · Waterfall · Wildlife
Coyote Gulch via Red Well is a scenic run from the desert rim to the Escalante River through Coyote Gulch Canyon; arguably one of the most scenic canyons in the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument.
Overnight permits are required and available for free at the trailhead.
Need to Know
Even in the dry season, Coyote Gulch is wet and there are many stream crossings. You'll be moving along the route in a few inches of water, so be prepared. Check conditions during the spring snowmelt, and always check the weather for the potential for flash floods.
This run begins at the Red Well Trailhead 1.5 miles off Hole-In-The Rock Road. The turnoff for the Red Well Access Road (BLM 254) is 31mi from the information kiosk.
The route runs along the plateau for 1.5 miles before descending into Coyote Gulch. The gulch slowly narrows and enters a canyon. From there, the trail reaches the confluence with Hurricane Wash
at 6.5 miles (which provides alternate access from the Hurricane Wash
Trailhead). At 8.1 miles, you'll reach Jacob Hamblin Arch
. The arch is perhaps the most aesthetically pleasing aspect of this run. It's cathedral-like grandeur cannot be done justice in the writing of this description; be sure to stop here and take the arch in.
Next, you'll arrive at Coyote Natural Bridge at 9.8 miles. Past Coyote Natural Bridge, the trail skirts two sets of waterfalls before reaching the Escalante River. There are many campsites available along the route, the best of which are found around Jacob Hamblin Arch
and Coyote Natural Bridge.