Willow Gulch Trailhead to Broken Bow Arch Professional Review and Guide
"Willow Gulch offers one of the best short day hikes, also suitable as an overnight trip, in the lower Escalante Canyons. The scenic route follows slickrock gorges sliced into a domed landscape of Navajo Sandstone. Interesting narrow passages, a ribbon of riparian foliage, beaver ponds in the small stream, and large Broken Bow Arch are major attractions.
A well-worn path begins behind the trailhead register, descending a moderate grade down the sandy slope. The beautiful canyon, embraced by desert-varnished walls of Navajo Sandstone, opens up 150 feet below. Within moments you pass an interesting slab-crowned hoodoo, then bend east and descend slickrock and sand into the broad wash below. An intriguing stretch of narrows lies a short distance upcanyon, where the wash boxes up in an alcove decorated with hanging gardens. Once you reach the canyon floor, follow the sandy wash downcanyon, shortly passing a line of seepage fringed with the delicate fronds of maidenhair fern."