Utah is a pretty big state. And no matter how many times you’ve visited it, you’ll always be able to discover new places. One of the wildest, and most intensely beautiful, area of Southern Utah is the Grand Staircase–Escalante National Monument. We’ve written extensively about the Burr Trail and Calf Creek, the most well-known attractions of the national monument, but there is so much more to see. We at the Lodge encourage you to check out the following locations the next time you find yourself in the Grand Staircase
Coyote Gulch – is a fairly long, strenuous trail – clocking in at 12-miles total. But it is well worth the trek. It is one of the best undiscovered hikes in the Grand Staircase. On the way you will see lots of water and wetlands, and you get to walk under Coyote Natural Bridge. You are guaranteed to love it.
Peek-a-boo Gulch – It’s likely that you’ve seen photographs of this particular slot canyon. It’s pretty famous. Peek-a-boo is quite a tight fit, you will have to do some navigating and climbing to get through the twists and turns. But if you’ve even wanted to see the quintessential “slot canyon” look no further. Located on Hole-in-the-Rock Road.
Death Hollow– for the true adventurer. This is one of the most demanding, and rewarding, canyons in the area. Located near Boulder, in the northern region of the Grand Staircase National Monument. You will have to wade, or sometimes swim, through deep water, climb over rock formations, and traverse steep inclines. It is best to have a shuttle car waiting at the end of the trail.
Since hiking in the high desert is both exciting and dangerous, make sure you take the necessary precautions. If you’re not in the mood for roughin’ it this trip, you can still enjoy the magnificence of the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument. Simply drive through for the road-trip of a lifetime.