Bullet Canyon to Grand Gulch

Mexican Hat, Utah 84531

Bullet Canyon to Grand Gulch

Bullet Canyon to Grand Gulch Professional Review and Guide

"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 to Grand Gulch 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.

Bullet Canyon to Grand Gulch Photos

Trail Information

Mexican Hat
Nearby City
Trail Type
Moderate to Difficult
Skill Level
10 hours
Apr through mid-June; Sept through Oct
Additional Use