Grand Gulch - Collins Canyon Trail

Mexican Hat, Utah

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The Grand Gulch and its side canyons offer a number of interesting routes for extended backpacking in southeastern Utah. Personally, I have found the lower part of Grand Gulch, between Bullet Canyon and Collins Canyon, to be especially appealing. This portion of the Gulch is wilder and receives far fewer visitors than the section above Bullet Canyon, yet it contains many points of interest. Of course, the main attraction is the canyon's Anasazi Indian ruins. When I did this hike in 1999 I spotted no fewer than twenty cliff dwelling and pictograph sites, and I am certain many more could be found-especially if one takes the time to walk into some of the side canyons along the way.
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Utah's Incredible Backcountry Trails

by David Day (Rincon Publishing)

The Grand Gulch and its side canyons offer a number of interesting routes for extended backpacking in southeastern Utah. Personally, I have found the lower part of Grand Gulch, between Bullet Canyon and Collins Canyon, to be especially appealing. This portion of the Gulch is wilder and receives far fewer visitors than the section above Bullet Canyon, yet it contains many points of interest.

Of course, the main attraction is the canyon's Anasazi Indian ruins. When I did this hike in 1999 I spotted no fewer than twenty cliff dwelling and pictograph sites, and I am certain many more could be found-especially if one takes the time to walk into some of the side canyons along the way.

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Activity Type: Backpacking, Hiking
Nearby City: Mexican Hat
Distance: 29.9
Elevation Gain: 370 feet
Trail Type: Shuttle
Duration: 4 days
Season: Spring through early summer, fall. Water can be a problem in Grand Gulch after June.
Trailhead Elevation: 6,400 feet
Top Elevation: 6,400 feet
Local Contacts: BLM, Monticello Field Office
Local Maps: USGS Cedar Mesa North, Pollys Pasture, Red House Spring
Driving Directions: Directions to Grand Gulch - Collins Canyon Trail

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