Canyons of the Escalante River

The Escalante River flows through Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, which offers a wide variety of hiking opportunities. There are miles of maze-like, winding, and intersecting canyons that lead to the Escalante River. The canyons take on many different characters--from narrow and deep slot canyons that slice through sandstone like large cracks, to narrow drainages that follow the serpentine erosion trail of years of past floods, to wide open canyons with sandy bottoms and cottonwood trees. Most hiking is along streambeds; many are dry, with year-round pools of water (pot holes). The potholes may be shallow, or deep enough to require a swim to get across. Other canyons are wide with water that flows more regularly.

Whenever you are in such canyon country, flash flooding is a danger. This area should not be explored without detailed U.S.G.S. maps, available at the National Park Service office in Escalante.

Death Hollow Upper Escalante Upper Calf Creek Falls Lower Calf Creek Falls Lower Escalante Peek A Boo Spooky Gulch Coyote Gulch Hole in the Rock

Trails of the Escalante River

Additional Hiking Information for the Escalante River Area

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