Fish Creek and Owl Creek Loop

Blanding, Utah 84511

Fish Creek and Owl Creek Loop

Fish Creek and Owl Creek Loop Professional Review and Guide

"A multiday loop backpack in two spectacular desert canyons. Both Owl Canyon and Fish Canyon are quite deep and narrow, with an abundance of stark, scenic beauty. During the hike you’ll pass Nevill’s Arch, two unnamed arches, and a few Ancestral Puebloan cliff dwellings and rock-art sites.

Fish Creek and Owl Creek offer an environment quite different from Grand Gulch. While piñon, juniper, and yucca vegetate the gravel and dirt bottoms in Grand Gulch, hiking in Fish and Owl is along a slickrock streambed in the upper canyon areas and along sand-cemented gravel near the junction. Vegetation ranges from yucca, prickly pear, piñon, and juniper to the spectacular ponderosa pine and manzanita groves in upper Fish Creek."

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Trail Information

Nearby City
Trail Type
Skill Level
Spring and fall
6,150 feet
Trailhead Elevation
Top Elevation
Monticello Field Office, BLM
Local Contacts
USGS Snowflat Spring Cave, USGS South Long Point, USGS Bluff NW, National Geographic Trails Illustrated Grand Gulch Plateau Map, Southeastern Utah Multipurpose Map
Local Maps

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Jul 2018