Hiking Trails of Central South Utah


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Bryce Canyon National Park, Capitol Reef National Park and Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument are the three major hiking areas in the central part of south Utah, especially the latter, which although having few maintained trails, contains many dozens of recognized routes, mostly along narrow canyons.

1. Big Horn Canyon
Length 3.8 miles (6.1 km), elevation change 700 feet (213 meters); Old Sheffield Road to Harris Wash
Difficulty Easy; no major obstacles
Rating (1-5) ★★★★★

Medium depth drainage that has several stretches of shallow narrows in its east (main) fork, and a short but deeper, more colorful and photogenic slot in the west fork. Tributary of Harris Wash, in a little visited area.

Big Horn Canyon
2. Blue Pool Wash
Length 1.2 miles (1.9 km), elevation change 80 feet (24 meters); if exploring the upper and lower parts separately
Difficulty Easy to moderate; a few climbable obstacles, and one sheer drop
Rating (1-5) ★★★★★

Minor drainage with a short narrows section through light colored Entrada sandstone, interrupted by several chokestones and dryfalls, at least one of which is not free climbable. Easily reached from highway 89, and explorable in not much more than an hour.


Blue Pool Wash
3. Booker Canyon
Length 3 miles (4.8 km), elevation change 600 feet (183 meters); to the drop off
Difficulty Easy to moderate; one place requiring downclimbing (can be bypassed)
Rating (1-5) ★★★★★

Short but pretty narrows in a remote, little-visited region; a tight, V-shaped slot that gives way to a deeper canyon through photogenic, angled, thin-layered rocks.

Booker Canyon
4. Boulder Creek, Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument
Length 1.5 miles (2.4 km), elevation change 400 feet (122 meters); to the creek
Difficulty Easy to moderate; one pothole to pass, by climbing a steep slickrock slope
Rating (1-5) ★★★★★

Short, cross country hike down a rocky ravine into the middle part of Boulder Creek, which, if water levels are not too high, can then be followed downstream through long stretches of narrows, all the way to the Escalante River.

Boulder Creek
5. Brimstone Gulch
Length 2.9 miles (4.7 km), elevation change 350 feet (107 meters); into the lower end of the narrows
Difficulty Moderate - the lower canyon often has pools, and a 15 foot chokestone must be negotiated on the approach
Rating (1-5) ★★★★★

Extremely dark and enclosed slot that eventually becomes too narrow to explore at ground level. Tributary of Dry Fork of Coyote Gulch. The passages are dimly lit with curving walls that block most sunlight and have quite dark-colored rocks, all of which make the canyon very ghostly and mysterious.

Brimstone Gulch
6. Bristlecone Trail, Bryce Canyon National Park
Length 1 mile (1.6 km), elevation change 200 feet (61 meters); (loop)
Difficulty Easy
Rating (1-5) ★★★★

Bristlecone pines are the most ancient trees in the US; some specimens in California are well over 4,000 years old but those at Bryce Canyon have been growing for up to 1,600 years. They provide one attraction of a short loop trail that starts right at the southern end of the park scenic drive, at Rainbow Point (elevation 9,115 feet), and also passes many large Douglas fir trees while giving excellent views over quite extensive hoodoos and ravines to the south and west.

Bristlecone Trail
7. Buckskin Gulch
Length 13.5 miles (21.7 km), elevation change 900 feet (274 meters); Wire Pass entrance to the Paria confluence
Difficulty Moderate; few major obstacles apart from long muddy pools, but the full hike is long and tiring. High flash flood danger
Rating (1-5) ★★★★★

Longest and deepest slot canyon in the Southwest - intimidating, sheer-walled narrows that extend for 12 miles, meeting the Paria River in the middle of its own lengthy enclosed section. The whole canyon can be hiked in one day, though camping en route for one night is more common.

Buckskin Gulch
8. Bull Valley Gorge
Length 2 miles (3.2 km), elevation change 500 feet (152 meters); to the end of the slot, 5.5 miles to Sheep Creek
Difficulty Moderate to strenuous - pools, mud and chokestones
Rating (1-5) ★★★★★

Good, deep narrows through colorful, thin-layered sandstone, containing long muddy pools and several dryfalls, hence quite testing to explore. Below the narrows is a wider, deeper gorge sheltering a few pine trees, before the canyon meets the larger drainage of Sheep Creek.


Bull Valley Gorge
9. Burro Wash
Length 4 miles (6.4 km), elevation change 600 feet (183 meters); to the base of the first unclimbable dryfall
Difficulty Moderate - chokestones up to 6 feet tall, pools several feet deep
Rating (1-5) ★★★★

Sandy streamway leading to a watery slot; several narrow sections, some quite dark and confined, through greyish rocks of varying textures. Also has good views of the middle of Capitol Reef.

Burro Wash
10. Capitol Gorge, Capitol Reef National Park
Length 1 mile (1.6 km), elevation change level feet (0 meters)
Difficulty Easy
Rating (1-5) ★★★★★

A dozen or more narrow canyons cut through the Waterpocket Fold. Capitol Gorge is the easiest to explore - starting from the southern end of the park scenic drive, a level track winds through the tall sandstone rocks, reaching the far side after about a mile, and also passing a collection of historic pioneer signatures. A 0.2 mile side trail leads to The Tanks, a collection of eroded crevices that collect rainwater. The Capitol Gorge track was for many years the main route through Capitol Reef, until UT 24 was constructed in 1962.

Capitol Gorge
11. Cassidy Arch, Capitol Reef National Park
Length 1.75 miles (2.8 km), elevation change 600 feet (183 meters)
Difficulty Easy to moderate - quite steep
Rating (1-5) ★★★★★

The short, moderately steep trail an overlook of Cassidy Arch starts from the end of the track leading to Grand Wash, climbing the Wingate and Kayenta sandstone cliffs then heading back west to the arch. Continuation hikes are possible along the Frying Pan Trail which branches off to the north, over the top of Capitol Reef. The arch is named after Butch Cassidy, who once camped in Grand Wash.

Cassidy Arch
12. Casto Canyon Trail, Red Canyon
Length 5.5 miles (8.8 km), elevation change 200 feet (61 meters)
Difficulty Easy to moderate
Rating (1-5) ★★★★

Casto Canyon is more spectacular than the adjacent and better known Red Canyon; the trail through the valley passes an ever changing variety of pink, red and orange eroded rocks, through ponderosa and bristlecone pine trees, and is especially peaceful, apart from the occasional noise of ATV traffic.

Casto Canyon Trail
13. Chimney Rock, Capitol Reef National Park
Length 3.5 miles (5.6 km), elevation change 580 feet (177 meters); (loop)
Difficulty Easy to moderate
Rating (1-5) ★★★★

Beginning near milepost 76 of UT 24, this hike climbs quite steeply up the hills that line the north side of the highway, then loops around the top of Mummy Cliff while passing close to Chimney Rock, a solitary pillar of Moenkopi sandstone. This trail is also used to reach Spring Canyon and then Chimney Rock Canyon, which can be followed for many miles either east or west.

Chimney Rock
14. Cohab Canyon, Capitol Reef National Park
Length 1.5 miles (2.4 km), elevation change 340 feet (104 meters)
Difficulty Easy to moderate - steep at the start
Rating (1-5) ★★★★

Cohab is a short, secluded canyon on the west side of Capitol Reef just south of Fruita on UT 24. The trail to it begins from the national park campground, ascends the cliffs, follows the canyon to the upper end, then descends towards the Fremont River. Junctions lead to two viewpoints of the river, and to Cassidy Arch/Grand Wash (via the Frying Pan Trail).

Cohab Canyon
15. Cottonwood Wash
Length 3 miles (4.8 km), elevation change 400 feet (122 meters)
Difficulty Moderate; chokestones, slanted narrows and other obstacles, pools up to 6 feet deep
Rating (1-5) ★★★★★

Deep, quite pretty canyon with pools and chokestones. The lower end is moderately enclosed, containing long but shallow slots, and becomes gradually more difficult to follow. A 35 foot dryfall eventually puts an end to upstream exploration.

Cottonwood Wash
16. Cottonwood Wash Narrows
Length 3.2 miles (5.1 km), elevation change 300 feet (91 meters); round trip
Difficulty Easy
Rating (1-5) ★★★★★

Short enclosed section of canyon running parallel to Cottonwood Canyon Road, through the angled strata of the Coxcomb. Quite deep but only moderately narrow, and relatively popular due to the easy access.

Cottonwood Wash Narrows
17. Davis Gulch
Length 2.7 miles (4.3 km), elevation change 400 feet (122 meters); to Bement Arch
Difficulty Strenuous - lots of obstacles to be downclimbed
Rating (1-5) ★★★★★

Testing narrows with many chokestones and tight sections requiring downclimbing - at the upper end of a canyon that becomes much wider and deeper, contains a huge natural arch, and eventually meets Lake Powell.

Davis Gulch
18. Death Hollow, Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument
Length 2 miles (3.2 km), elevation change 600 feet (183 meters); to the lower end of the canyon
Difficulty Moderate; steep descent over slickrock to reach the Escalante, then wading in the canyons
Rating (1-5) ★★★★

Off trail hike into the lower end of Death Hollow, a deep canyon through sheer Navajo sandstone cliffs, containing a permanent stream. The route is down steep cliffs into the larger Escalante River canyon, then upstream a way to the confluence with the target drainage.

Death Hollow
19. Dry Fork of Coyote Gulch
Length 1.1 miles (1.8 km), elevation change 200 feet (61 meters); for the slot section
Difficulty Easy
Rating (1-5) ★★★★★

Long drainage containing 0.7 miles of moderately deep and narrow passageways near its upper end, which alternate with wider stretches, patches of bright green shrubbery, sandbanks and pebble beaches. Usually explored in conjunction with the Peekaboo Gulch and Spooky Gulch tributaries, for a total trip of about 5 miles.

Dry Fork of Coyote Gulch
20. Eagle View Trail, Kodachrome Basin State Park
Length 0.5 miles (0.8 km), elevation change 460 feet (140 meters)
Difficulty Easy to moderate - steep and narrow
Rating (1-5) ★★★★★

The Eagle View Trail climbs to a pass at the top of the cliffs encircling Kodachrome Basin and offers the best overall views of the area.

Eagle View Trail
21. Egypt 3
Length 2.7 miles (4.3 km), elevation change 400 feet (122 meters); to the drop off
Difficulty Moderate to strenuous - chokestones, potholes, very tight passages. The far southern end requires a rappel and possible swim
Rating (1-5) ★★★★★

Excellent narrows in three distinct sections; a long succession of interlinked potholes, followed by extremely narrow passageways through strangely textured rocks, and finally a lower technical section with drop-off and pool.

Egypt 3
22. Escalante River Slot Canyon
Length 1.4 miles (2.3 km), elevation change 500 feet (152 meters)
Difficulty Easy to moderate; steep slickrock approach, but no major obstacles in the narrows until a dryfall at the upper end
Rating (1-5) ★★★★★

Minor tributary ravine on the south side of the Escalante River, quite easily accessible from Hwy 12. Forms a nice short slot, with shallow pools and twisting passages through dark-colored sandstone.

Escalante River Slot Canyon
23. Escalante River Trail, Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument
Length 2.5 miles (4 km), elevation change 100 feet (30 meters)
Difficulty Easy
Rating (1-5) ★★★★★

Varied trail along the wide Escalante River canyon west of UT 12, passing two arches, some Anasazi ruins, a petroglyph panel and a narrow tributary ravine (Sand Creek).

Escalante River Trail
24. Fairyland Trail, Bryce Canyon National Park
Length 8.3 miles (13.4 km), elevation change 1000 feet (305 meters); (loop)
Difficulty Moderate to strenuous
Rating (1-5) ★★★★

The Fairyland Trail is a relatively strenuous route starting from the most northerly park overlook at Fairyland Point, winding down amongst the hoodoos, with a total elevation loss of about 1,000 feet, then turning back southwest and climbing 770 feet up to the rim at Sunrise Point. It passes various named formations including Chinese Wall, Boat Mesa and Tower Bridge, as well as junctions with several other paths, all of which are well signposted. The full 8.3 mile loop includes a return along part of the Rim Trail.

Fairyland Trail
25. Five Mile Wash
Length 1.8 miles (2.9 km), elevation change 150 feet (46 meters); to the narrows
Difficulty Easy
Rating (1-5) ★★★★★

A large drainage cutting right through Capitol Reef, but one blocked near the lower end, after a very short enclosed section, by a pool and difficult-to-climb dryfall. The canyon can be followed further at rim level, a hike which affords spectacular views over the surrounding domed summits, the eastern plateau beneath the Henry Mountains and of the canyon itself, far below and containing many pools and narrow sections.

Five Mile Wash
26. Frying Pan, Capitol Reef National Park
Length 3 miles (4.8 km), elevation change 800 feet (244 meters)
Difficulty Easy to moderate
Rating (1-5) ★★★★

The Frying Pan trail connects the paths to Cohab Canyon and Cassidy Arch, following near the top of Capitol Reef and involving various climbs and descents over slickrock terraces & ravines.

Frying Pan
27. Golden Throne, Capitol Reef National Park
Length 1.8 miles (2.9 km), elevation change 700 feet (213 meters)
Difficulty Easy
Rating (1-5) ★★★★★

One of two hikes beginning at the far end of the park scenic drive, this climbs the cliffs on the north side of Capitol Gorge, winding around several side ravines to the top of a dome overlooking the gorge to the south and Golden Throne to the north - a rounded summit nearly 1,000 feet higher.

Golden Throne
28. Grand Wash
Length 2.25 miles (3.6 km), elevation change 200 feet (61 meters)
Difficulty Easy. An official NPS trail leads through the narrows
Rating (1-5) ★★★★★

Easiest explored of Capitol Reef's narrow canyons, with an official NPS trailhead at either end; route follows a deep gorge that is around 20 feet across at its most confined point.

Grand Wash
29. Harris Wash
Length 5.3 miles (8.5 km), elevation change 300 feet (91 meters); to Tunnel Slot
Difficulty Easy
Rating (1-5) ★★★★

Long, deep and relatively wide drainage providing an obstruction-free hiking route to the Escalante River. The canyon becomes 1,200 feet deep and has impressive streaked Navajo sandstone walls, large rock alcoves, pools and year-round flowing water in the lower reaches which sustains many trees, bushes and flowers. Four tributaries forms slots, most unusual (and shortest) being stripy Zebra Slot and enclosed Tunnel Slot.

Harris Wash
30. Hat Shop Trail, Bryce Canyon National Park
Length 2 miles (3.2 km), elevation change 980 feet (299 meters)
Difficulty Easy to moderate - steep in places
Rating (1-5) ★★★★★

Hat Shop is the name given to a group of unusual pinnacles formed by narrow columns of soft, light-colored sandstone topped by flat boulders of more resistant rock. The path is also the upper end of the Under-the-Rim Trail, starting at Bryce Point.

Hat Shop Trail
31. Hickman Bridge, Capitol Reef National Park
Length 1.2 miles (1.9 km), elevation change 400 feet (122 meters)
Difficulty Easy
Rating (1-5) ★★★★

Sandstone arches are found all over Capitol Reef though most are quite inaccessible. Hickman Bridge is one of the few reached by a maintained trail; this starts from UT 24 next to the Fremont River and climbs fairly gradually, along a dry wash to the base of the 130 foot span.

Hickman Bridge
32. Lick Wash
Length 0.9 miles (1.4 km), elevation change 120 feet (37 meters); to the end of the narrows
Difficulty Easy
Rating (1-5) ★★★★★

Brief narrows section enclosed by unusual thin-layered, cross-bedded sandstone; not especially colorful but interesting nonetheless, and quite photogenic.

Lick Wash
33. Little Death Hollow
Length 8 miles (12.9 km), elevation change 600 feet (183 meters)
Difficulty Easy to moderate; a long hike, but there are few obstructions in the narrows
Rating (1-5) ★★★★★

Remote, east-side Escalante tributary that after a long open section, eventually forms a fine slot canyon, with over 2 miles of narrow, twisting passageways through colorful Wingate sandstone.

Little Death Hollow
34. Llewellyn Gulch
Length 6 miles (9.7 km), elevation change 650 feet (198 meters); to Lake Powell - may vary
Difficulty Moderate; a few dryfalls and chokestones to climb down. Some obstacles in the upper canyon can be bypassed
Rating (1-5) ★★★★★

Beautiful, secluded canyon that starts beneath the red cliffs of Fiftymile Point and meets Lake Powell, forming nice, slot-like passageways in the upper part, and a wider gorge lower down, containing a permanent stream.

Llewellyn Gulch
35. Lower Calf Creek Falls, Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument
Length 2.75 miles (4.4 km), elevation change 200 feet (61 meters)
Difficulty Easy
Rating (1-5) ★★★★

Popular path that follows a sheer-walled riparian canyon, either close to the stream or across more arid land above, to a dramatic waterfall in a sheltered alcove.

Lower Calf Creek Falls
36. Mossy Cave Trail, Bryce Canyon National Park
Length 0.8 miles (1.3 km), elevation change 300 feet (91 meters)
Difficulty Easy
Rating (1-5) ★★★★★

Mossy Cave Trail is different to most in the Bryce Canyon area as it leads along a small stream (Tropic Ditch, flowing through Water Canyon) to a waterfall and a cool alcove fringed by curtains of moss. It is located not along the main scenic drive but a few miles east on UT 12, half way down Tropic Canyon, so can be seen without paying to enter the national park.

Mossy Cave Trail
37. Nautilus Rock, Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument
Length 1.1 miles (1.8 km), elevation change 130 feet (40 meters)
Difficulty Easy
Rating (1-5) ★★★★

Shell-shaped outcrop of Page sandstone, split by a curving, wave-like gully, lined by thin, delicate fins and ridges; a very photogenic location. Most of the rock is white or grey in color, but enlivened by small patches of red and yellow.

Nautilus Rock
38. Navajo Trail, Bryce Canyon National Park
Length 1.3 miles (2.1 km), elevation change 520 feet (158 meters); (loop)
Difficulty Easy
Rating (1-5) ★★★★

This is a short, popular route that begins at Sunset Point and leads 520 feet downhill via a set of switchbacks into a narrow slot-like canyon known as Wall Street, returning by a parallel path alongside more formations. A continuation path further down the hill exits the park after 2 more miles, linking with a gravel road to the town of Tropic - the easiest-reached of a number of east-side entrances to the park.

Navajo Trail
39. Neon Canyon
Length 4.6 miles (7.4 km), elevation change 1100 feet (335 meters); to the Golden Cathedral
Difficulty Easy
Rating (1-5) ★★★★

Long slot canyon, requiring ropes to explore fully, but ending at the more accessible 'Golden Cathedral', a beautiful natural amphitheater formed by overhanging cliffs streaked with desert varnish, containing a triple natural bridge above a large pool.

Neon Canyon
40. Paria River
Length 7 miles (11.3 km), elevation change 300 feet (91 meters); to the Buckskin Gulch confluence
Difficulty Easy, but long; no significant obstructions. High flash flood danger
Rating (1-5) ★★★★★

Rival of the Zion Narrows to be the best narrow, water-filled canyon in the Southwest - a usually shallow river flowing through miles of enclosed passageways between sheer cliffs up to 1,000 feet high. The wider gorge below the narrows has other interesting sites including arches and petroglyphs.

Paria River
41. Peekaboo Gulch
Length 1.1 miles (1.8 km), elevation change 180 feet (55 meters); to the north end of the lower narrows
Difficulty Easy
Rating (1-5) ★★★★★

Minor tributary of Dry Fork of Coyote Gulch forming a short slot at its southern end, containing sharp fins, interlinked potholes several small arches.

Peekaboo Gulch
42. Peekaboo Trail, Bryce Canyon National Park
Length 5.5 miles (8.8 km), elevation change 900 feet (274 meters); (loop)
Difficulty Moderate; many short, steep ascents and descents
Rating (1-5) ★★★★★

Starting from Bryce Point, the Peekaboo Loop Trail is one of the longer routes through the largest area of hoodoos in the national park, around the upper end of Bryce Canyon; it drops down very steeply from the plateau edge then winds amongst innumerable colorful formations. The path is shared by horses, which can sometimes cause delays for hikers. The route may also be accessed from Sunset Point via the Navajo Trail, or by a longer walk from Sunrise Point along the Queens Garden Trail.

Peekaboo Trail
43. Petrified Forest and Sleeping Rainbows Trails, Escalante State Park
Length 1.75 miles (2.8 km), elevation change 250 feet (76 meters); (loop)
Difficulty Easy to moderate
Rating (1-5) ★★★★★

The Petrified Forest Trail climbs the slope behind the camping area to the pine and juniper-covered flat land above and passes various petrified specimens. Rather more impressive is the linked Trail of the Sleeping Rainbows, which descends into one steep ravine and ascends another, passing many large logs.

Petrified Forest and Sleeping Rainbows Trails
44. Phipps Wash, Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument
Length 5 miles (8 km), elevation change 800 feet (244 meters); to the Escalante
Difficulty Moderate
Rating (1-5) ★★★★★

Large sandstone arch, reached by hiking across sand and slickrock then down the deepening drainage of Phipps Wash, which eventually meets the Escalante River after also passing a small natural bridge.

Phipps Wash
45. Photo Trail, Red Canyon
Length 0.3 miles (0.5 km), elevation change 70 feet (21 meters)
Difficulty Easy
Rating (1-5) ★★★★★

This path crosses a short side valley and winds around slopes on the far side, passing various named formations. Rather better scenery is reached by climbing up from the official path, since the views are more wide ranging, and the formations seem more impressive when seen from above.

Photo Trail
46. Pink Ledges Trail, Red Canyon
Length 1 mile (1.6 km), elevation change 160 feet (49 meters); loop
Difficulty Easy
Rating (1-5) ★★★★★

Beginning next to the Red Canyon visitor center, this trail winds around hoodoos and pine trees close to the road, surroundings which are pretty enough though the rocks are not especially pink.

Pink Ledges Trail
47. Queens Garden Trail, Bryce Canyon National Park
Length 0.9 miles (1.4 km), elevation change 320 feet (98 meters)
Difficulty Easy, though steep in places
Rating (1-5) ★★★★

The shortest path into the best area of hoodoos, around Bryce Canyon, begins at Sunrise Point and descends into a side drainage, turning back west to the base of one tower thought to resemble Queen Victoria, surrounded by a semicircle of graceful formations. Past here the path continues another 0.7 miles to link with the south end of the Navajo Loop Trail, and the Peekaboo Trail.

Queens Garden Trail
48. Red Breaks
Length 3 miles (4.8 km), elevation change 500 feet (152 meters)
Difficulty Moderate - a few chokestones to climb over
Rating (1-5) ★★★★★

Extensive, branched, north-side tributary of Harris Wash in a rarely visited area. Contains shallow slots for most of its length, but has some deeper passages in the less accessible northern stretches.

Red Breaks
49. Round Valley Draw
Length 2.8 miles (4.5 km), elevation change 350 feet (107 meters); to the junction with Hackberry Canyon
Difficulty Easy to moderate; dryfalls, chokestones, muddy pools
Rating (1-5) ★★★★

Deep, dark canyon through dull-colored sandstone, thin-layered in some places and nicely eroded. The narrows extend for about a mile, then the gorge gradually opens out and pine trees grow beside the streambed. There are a couple of dryfalls to overcome but no major obstacles and the most interesting section can be explored in just 2 hours.

Round Valley Draw
50. Shakespeare Arch Trail, Kodachrome Basin State Park
Length 0.25 miles (0.4 km), elevation change 20 feet (6 meters)
Difficulty Easy
Rating (1-5) ★★★★★

Shakespeare Arch is a concealed feature at the edge of a isolated sandstone outcrop. The arch is just visible from the main approach road to the state park but was not discovered until 1976, since which time it has become one of the highlights of the state park, and is reached by a very easy trail.

Shakespeare Arch Trail
51. Sheets Gulch
Length 4.7 miles (7.6 km), elevation change 350 feet (107 meters); to the end of the narrowest section
Difficulty Easy to moderate; a few minor obstacles and shallow pools
Rating (1-5) ★★★★★

Lengthy drainage forming shallow but pretty slot sections through nicely colored rocks. No major obstructions. Lower narrows through Navajo sandstone give way to a wider Wingate canyon towards the west side of the reef.

Sheets Gulch
52. Spencer Canyon
Length 4 miles (6.4 km), elevation change 550 feet (168 meters)
Difficulty Easy to moderate; a few pools to bypass, and some downclimbing
Rating (1-5) ★★★★

Short, branched, south side tributary of the Escalante River; longest fork is straight and vertical-walled, with a tight, dark slot in the upper end. Exploring from plateau level requires ropes, to overcome a few dryfalls, but most of the slot can be seen by walking up from below.

Spencer Canyon
53. Spooky Gulch
Length 1.2 miles (1.9 km), elevation change 220 feet (67 meters); to the end of the lower narrows
Difficulty Easy
Rating (1-5) ★★★★

Short, narrow, claustrophobic slot canyon, a tributary of Dry Fork of Coyote Gulch. The colors and forms of the cross-bedded Navajo sandstone walls are very beautiful, and the walls have an unusual knobbly texture (similar to other Escalante slots like Egypt 3), which adds to the eerie nature of the canyon. Spooky is quite popular, and in summer there will usually be one or two other groups in or around the canyon.

Spooky Gulch
54. Starlight Canyon
Length 5.8 miles (9.3 km), elevation change 500 feet (152 meters); to the short narrows section
Difficulty Easy
Rating (1-5) ★★★★★

Short slot canyon in a remote location. Tributary of the Paria River, wide for most of its length, that forms a pretty, enclosed passageway containing a small stream, flowing through pools and cascades.

Starlight Canyon
55. Stud Horse Point, Glen Canyon National Recreation Area
Length 5 miles (8 km), elevation change 600 feet (183 meters); round trip
Difficulty Easy to moderate; some route finding up and down the cliffs
Rating (1-5) ★★★★

Cliff-lined mesa overlooking the west end of Lake Powell, with hoodoos and other eroded rock formations along the rim, and short slot canyons at the base. Explorable by off-trail hiking.

Stud Horse Point
56. Sulphur Creek
Length 5.3 miles (8.5 km), elevation change 500 feet (152 meters)
Difficulty Easy to moderate
Rating (1-5) ★★★★

Although there is no trail through the deep, watery narrows of Sulphur Creek, the route is well enough known to have an NPS sign at the trailhead, shared with Chimney Rock. The creek emerges beside UT 24 again next to the visitor center, from where the return journey is back along the road, by walking, using a car shuttle or hitching a lift.

Sulphur Creek
57. Tower Bridge Trail, Bryce Canyon National Park
Length 1.5 miles (2.4 km), elevation change 850 feet (259 meters)
Difficulty Easy to moderate - steep at first
Rating (1-5) ★★★★★

This is another short, well used path that starts from Sunrise Point, descends into Fairyland Canyon and leads to the Tower Bridge formation, an eroded span resembling the famous bridge in London. The path also forms part of the Fairyland Trail.


Tower Bridge Trail
58. Upper Calf Creek Falls, Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument
Length 1.1 miles (1.8 km), elevation change 560 feet (171 meters)
Difficulty Moderate - steep slickrock
Rating (1-5) ★★★★★

88 foot waterfall close to UT 12, reached by a steep descent down a white slickrock slope. The pool drops into an enclosed, bushy chamber and is preceded by a nice series of pools across smooth sandstone.

Upper Calf Creek Falls
59. Wahweaap Hoodoos, Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument
Length 4.6 miles (7.4 km), elevation change 300 feet (91 meters)
Difficulty Easy
Rating (1-5) ★★★★

Photogenic group of pinnacles and balanced rocks surrounded by undulating mounds and cliffs of white entrada sandstone. Reached by a hike along the shallow valley of Wahweap Creek, also passing a few short slot canyons.


Wahweaap Hoodoos
60. Willis Creek
Length 0.9 miles (1.4 km), elevation change 150 feet (46 meters); to the end of the narrows
Difficulty Easy - no obstructions, shallow water
Rating (1-5) ★★★★★

Permanent stream flowing through some beautiful narrow sections, between curvy, nicely eroded walls streaked with desert varnish. The narrows soon open out, and the canyon gradually deepens, eventually meeting Sheep Creek.

Willis Creek
61. Wire Pass
Length 1.6 miles (2.6 km), elevation change 200 feet (61 meters); to the Buckskin Gulch confluence
Difficulty Easy; does not usually contain any major obstacles
Rating (1-5) ★★★★★

Short tributary of Buckskin Gulch, used as an entrance route to that canyon, but forming a good, quite deep slot of its own, generally narrower than Buckskin. Relatively easily accessed, and with good reflected light patterns; a good introduction to slot canyon hiking.


Wire Pass
62. Yellow Rock, Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument
Length 1 mile (1.6 km), elevation change 780 feet (238 meters); to the top of the dome
Difficulty Easy, just a short but steep climb at the beginning
Rating (1-5) ★★★★

Smooth-sided dome of swirling, multicolored Navajo sandstone, reached by a short but steep trail; many photogenic patterns and textures, plus good views over the surrounding canyons and ridges.

Yellow Rock
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