Photographs6 views of Dry Fork of Coyote Gulch
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From the parking area at the end of the road, a reasonably well-defined path winds down a steepish cliff face, across a sandy area and along a small ravine into the canyon of Dry Fork. The longest stretch of narrows ends just upstream (west); the gulch here is on average around 2-3 meters wide, deep enough to be in shade for most of the day and apt to be quite muddy with frequent pools up to 2 feet deep after rainfall. This part of the canyon is well-visited and it takes at least 20 minutes to walk through this section, which eventually becomes shallow enough to climb out of. Beyond are some more less deep narrows then a flatter valley continues for a mile or so, meeting the Hole-in-the-Rock road.
Just downstream of the entrance point, Dry Fork is joined by the minor tributary of Peekaboo Gulch
, then after a few wide bends by the larger Spooky Gulch
, which is as far as most visitors travel. Soon after, the main canyon constricts once more and another narrow passage begins, in the middle of which is a large boulder with (usually) a 15 foot drop beyond. This can be climbed on the right side, perhaps aided by a rope as one is sometimes left in place. There are more pools and patches of sticky mud before the canyon opens out again, then a longer side canyon joining from the north leads to the extreme narrows of Brimstone Gulch
. Next is a more open part with some very short, slot-like tributaries, followed by the third main narrow section of Dry Fork - this is quite lengthy, only 3 feet wide at some points, with no obstructions or pools, just a clean sandy floor, straight cliffs at either slide and blue sky above; pleasing, elemental scenery. From here to the Coyote Gulch junction the canyon is wider, often with quite thick vegetation and occasional rainwater pools. There are several other slot canyon tributaries, on the north side, but all are rather difficult to explore owing to extreme depth and narrowness.