Escalante River

Escalante, Utah 84726

Escalante River

Escalante River Professional Guide

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"This watery adventure leads you and your dog downstream beneath white sandstone and red Wingate walls. (Wingate refers to a type of rock dating back 200 million years, to the end of the Triassic era.) Your paws will remain wet the whole way—time the hike so you don’t get too cold hiking in the desert! Since this is a one-way junket, leave a shuttle car at the east end of the trail or arrange in advance for a pickup. Don’t count on cell service in this remote area."

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Utah's Incredible Backcountry Trails (Rincon Publishing)
David Day
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"Among Utah’s serious hikers, the 85-mile-long Escalante River is well known. The small desert river and its dozens of side canyons contain some of the wildest, most scenic desert wilderness in the United States. It is a region of redrock canyons, sandstone arches, and Anasazi Indian ruins. The Escalante badlands contain hidden natural treasures guaranteed to give pause to even the most unenthusiastic of hikers. Sadly, none of the BLM managed Escalante drainage has yet been give the protection of a designated wilderness area, but in 1996 it was included in President Clinton's new Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument."

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Trail Information

Nearby City
Elevation Gain
Trail Type
Skill Level
7–8 hours or overnight
Late spring through fall
Bureau of Land Management, Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument
Local Contacts
USGS 7.5-minute Escalante and Calf Creek
Local Maps

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