Government Trail to Grand Gulch Professional Review and Guide
"Constructed by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) in the 1970s, the Government Trail is the second shortest and easiest access into Grand Gulch. The way follows a long-closed road over the shrubdotted expanse of Polly’s Pasture, near the southwestern edge of the Cedar Mesa/Polly Mesa tableland, then descends 300 feet via a wellconstructed trail into the middle reaches of Grand Gulch. The hike is a rewarding day trip, but backpackers use it most frequently as part of an extended trip in Grand Gulch.
Although seasonal water sources are likely to be found in the gulch, day hikers and backpackers alike are advised to pack in an ample water supply. At the end of the road, adjacent to the stock pond, you find an information signboard displaying maps, backcountry regulations, and abundant tips on Leave No Trace."