Bullet Canyon Trail

Grand Gulch ISA Complex, Utah

Elevation Gain2,377ft
Trailhead Elevation6,407ft
Elevation Min/Max5370/6407ft
Elevation Start/End6407/6407ft

Bullet Canyon Trail

Bullet Canyon Trail is a hiking trail in San Juan County, Utah. It is within Grand Gulch ISA Complex. It is 6.9 miles long and begins at 6,407 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 13.8 miles with a total elevation gain of 2,377 feet. The Bullet Canyon Trailhead parking is near the trailhead. This trail connects with the following: Grand Gulch Trail.

Bullet Canyon Trail Professional Reviews and Guides

"This ambitious trip surveys the central portion of Grand Gulch, perhaps the most difficult part of the gulch to traverse. It is an arduous journey: The trail is often vague and overgrown, and much of the way follows the floor of the wash.

The 3.9 miles between Bullet and Step Canyons is a difficult segment, involving nearly continuous bushwhacking through a riparian jungle of willow and tamarisk. Water sources are widely separated, and there are long stretches in the gulch that offer no campsites."

"Bullet Canyon is a popular access route into the heart of upper Grand Gulch, second only to the Kane Gulch route. This mostly trailless route follows Bullet Canyon, a major Grand Gulch tributary, for more than 7 miles as it evolves from a broad, shallow draw into a spectacular canyon, 500 to 600 feet deep.

In the canyon’s lower reaches are several well-preserved Anasazi ruins, a large pictograph panel, a reliable spring, and many excellent campsites. Although the canyon is most frequently used as an exit route from Grand Gulch by hikers beginning at Kane Gulch Ranger Station, this trip also affords access to the middle reaches of the gulch and is suitable as a rewarding all-day hike."

"Bullet Canyon is an ominous name for a stunning canyon that holds ancient treasures in the form of ruins left behind more than 800 years ago. Not only are the intriguing ruins a draw, the canyon itself is a remarkable example of southern Utah landscape and a step into geologic as well as human history."

Bullet Canyon Trail Reviews

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Bullet Canyon is a stunning place. Besides the incredible natural setting, the canyon also has a strong feeling of the “ancient ones.” Here you will find the Jailhouse Ruin and nearby Perfect Kiva. We also found three other ruins and some petroglyphs (look for moons) along the way. The best water in dry times is the Jailhouse Spring, which for us appeared to be a stagnant pool. Best to bring a filter rather than just iodine your water. There is a camp where Bullet meets Grand Gulch, which would be good for an out and back hike, or you can use Bullet to access a longer hike along the Grand. You will do some scrambling in the upper part of Bullet Canyon, but for the most part the route is not difficult and is easy to follow.

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Trail Information

Grand Gulch ISA Complex
Nearby City
Grand Gulch ISA Complex
Moderate to Difficult
Skill Level
Additional Use
Bureau of Land Management, Monticello Field Office
Local Contacts
USGS Cedar Mesa North, Pollys Pasture
Local Maps

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Nov 2018