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Coyote Gulch via Red Well



28.4 mile 45.7 kilometer out and back
99% Runnable


Ascent: 1,633' 498 m
Descent: -1,632' -497 m
High: 4,514' 1,376 m
Low: 3,785' 1,154 m


Avg Grade: 2% (1°)
Max Grade: 9% (5°)


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Trail shared by Dan Broman

Enjoy this scenic trip along Coyote Gulch from Hole-In-The-Rock Road to the Escalante River

Dan Broman

Features Cave · River/Creek · Views · Waterfall · Wildlife

Overnight permits are required and available for free at the trailhead.


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.

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.

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Jacob Hamblin Arch is just stunning.
Feb 1, 2017 near Escalante, UT
Remains of a former arch along Coyote Gulch.
Dec 24, 2016 near Escalante, UT
This was an epic start to a trail! We also saw a number of Air Force jets (Including a blackbird!) fly past at we entered the canyon. Note: if you follow the trail north, way finding gets a little tricky. if you get to steep smooth rock, turn around.
Feb 13, 2020 near Escalante, UT
Looking down trail in Coyote Gulch.
Dec 24, 2016 near Escalante, UT
A side slot provides a fun detour within Coyote Gulch.
Feb 1, 2017 near Escalante, UT
While smaller than others in the area, this arch in Coyote Gulch is worth a visit.
Feb 1, 2017 near Escalante, UT


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