Pets allowed
Not Allowed
Elevation Gain
1,573.00 ft (479.45 m)
Trail type
26.30 mi (42.33 km)
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Coyote Gulch is an extremely popular destination, and for good reason. The stunning canyon is a magical place, with attractions like the Jacob Hamblin Arch and Coyote Natural Bridge adding to the grandeur. Because it is such a popular destination, there are a few restrictions in place. Visitors staying overnight must complete a free, self issue permit at the trailhead. Hikers will also need to bring a wag bag to pack out their waste.

There are a few different ways to get into Coyote Gulch, Hurricane Wash is just one option.

To begin, park at the trailhead after enduring the long, bumpy drive down Hole-in-the-Rock Road. The trail follows the small sandy wash. At first there is an obvious singletrack tread alongside the wash, but eventually you’ll find yourself walking through the soft sand.

The terrain gets more scenic as you near Coyote Gulch. When you finally arrive at the Gulch you’ll be met by a clear, flowing stream. Keep in mind that, like any canyon, Coyote Gulch is prone to flash flooding.

Follow the more-or-less obvious footpath downstream until you come to the first attraction - the amazing Jacob Hamblin Arch. Just past the arch is an equally stunning alcove.

This is the main destination for many hikers, so the further you continue downstream the less people you’ll see.

The next attraction is the Coyote Natural Bridge, well worth continuing onward for.

You can choose to continue all the way to the Escalante River (which is what the 26 mile round trip mileage denotes). Getting to the Escalante includes a brief section of trail that crosses a slickrock slope precariously slanted toward a drop-off, something that may make some folks a bit uneasy.

If you make it all the way to the Escalante, be sure to take the time to walk a bit upstream to view the magnificent Stevens Arch.

You can then return the way you came via Coyote Gulch and Hurricane Wash back to the trailhead.

Logistics + Planning

Preferable season(s)




Parking Pass


Open Year-round



Stunning Canyon. Jacob Hamblin Arch. Coyote Natural Bridge.


Long drive to trailhead. Popular. Hurricane Wash is sandy walking.

Trailhead Elevation

4,563.00 ft (1,390.80 m)

Highest point

4,563.00 ft (1,390.80 m)


Backcountry camping
Family friendly
Big vistas
Bird watching

Typically multi-day


Permit required




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