Nestled in the heart of Escalante’s canyon country, Coyote Gulch contains two arches, a natural bridge, and several waterfalls. This concentration of outstanding natural features, relatively easy route finding and water availability make Coyote Gulch the most popular backpacking destination of all the canyons of the Escalante. To ensure this area of proposed wilderness remains a special place for future generations, please follow all regulations and plan accordingly. Thorough trip planning is not only your first step in having a safe and enjoyable trip, but also in protecting the natural and cultural resource in the area.
Backcountry permits are required for all overnight stays in the Escalante District of Glen Canyon National Recreation Area. Obtain permits at the Escalante Interagency Visitor Center in the town of Escalante or at one of the entry trailheads. Day use does not require a backcountry permit, but please sign the trail register.
Group Size Limit
Large groups create large impacts in the backcountry. The group size limit for Coyote Gulch is 12 people. Groups larger than 12 people must break up into smaller groups and maintain a minimum distance of ½ mile from each other while hiking and camping. Group size limits are strictly enforced. Permits will be denied and violators will be cited if limits are exceeded.
Leave No Trace
Make every attempt to leave the backcountry nicer than you found it. “Take only pictures and leave only footprints” is a good reminder. Do not remove anything from the canyon. Leave the flowers, rocks and everything else for others to enjoy. Carry all of your trash out of the canyon, including toilet paper and other hygiene items. Do not burn or bury it.
Human Waste Disposal
Human waste must be removed from Coyote Gulch. With the increase of recreational use, the National Park Service has introduced a human waste disposal program in the Escalante River corridor and its tributaries within Glen Canyon National Recreation Area.
An environmentally friendly human waste disposal bag will be provided to all party members obtaining a permit at the Escalante Interagency Visitor Center. Visitors choosing to obtain permits at the trailhead or wanting to carry more than one bag per person are responsible for providing their own. The bag is called Restop 2. The bag within a bag design and ziplock closure securely contains waste and odor, while the special blend of polymers instantly breaks down waste and turns it into a deodorized gel. The contents of the bag are safe for landfills and may be deposited in the trash. Restop 2s and similar products can be found at many outdoor product retailers.
The pit toilets by Jacob Hamblin Arch have been closed. The composting toilet by Big Spring Alcove is currently open. Please do not leave trash at this facility.
Fires are not permitted in Coyote Gulch.
Pets are not permitted in Coyote Gulch. This includes pack animals such as horses, llamas and goats.
Do not feed wildlife. Food and trash should be stored in a manner impervious to entry by birds and other wildlife.
Do not build them. They can mislead other visitors and cause resource damage to build. Rely on your map and compass and know your route. There are no maintained trails.
Preserve the Soundscape
Your voice carries farther than you think in canyon country. Respect other visitors by keeping your group quiet and not playing amplified music. If you must have music in the backcountry… wear headphones.
USGS King Mesa and Stevens Canyon South 7.5 minute quadrangles.
Coyote Gulch may be enjoyed as an overnight backpacking trip or as a long day hike. The mileage and length of time required will depend on your point of entry into the canyon.
Coyote Gulch contains a number of seeps and springs in addition to a perennial stream. One particularly good spring flows from the canyon wall just downstream from Jacob Hamblin Arch.
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