Bull Valley Gorge
ElevationAscent: 334' 102 m
Descent: -334' -102 m
High: 6,069' 1,850 m
Low: 5,776' 1,761 m
GradeAvg Grade: 3% (2°)
Max Grade: 10% (6°)
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“Easily the most spectacular non-technical slot canyon in GSENM, and one of the best in the state.”— Brandon Plewe
You can either go upstream until it is easy to drop into the gorge, but you'll have to downclimb a 10 ft. dryfall that will be difficult to climb back up. Alternatively, at the edge of the slickrock area, look for a crack in the rim. This can be climbed down and up about 20 ft. As is always the rule, don't go down anything you cannot confidently climb back up.
Either way, just head downstream as far as you want. The only significant obstacle is a couple hundred yards downstream of the crack, where there are two short drops, which sometimes have small pools at the bottom. This can be very difficult when it is muddy, but there is a bolt and sometimes a rope that makes it easy to get down and up.
One of the highlights of the gorge is going under the bridge
Continue downstream until the slot opens up into a wider canyon (the best is about a total of one mile in the canyon, and still good for about another mile), or until you want to return. It is possible to continue to Sheep Creek on the Bull Valley Gorge Route and form a loop with Willis Creek Narrows Trail, but it is shortest to just return the way you came.
P.S. As with any slot canyon, disregard the elevation profile shown here, as the elevation data usually doesn't reach the true bottom. In fact, the entire slot canyon drops very gradually.
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Land Manager: BLM Utah - Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument