St. George, UT5.0 (53 reviews)
- Remote Wilderness
- Arches & Natural Bridges
- Enchanting Escalante River
- Desert Oases
- Cultural History & Petroglyphs
- Soaring Canyon Walls
- Amazing Night Skies
This is our most popular hike in Utah and deservedly so. We give you a glimpse of what Glen Canyon was like before being flooded by Lake Powell, and as such this is a true treasure. Highlights include beautifully sculpted streambeds, intimate cascades and waterfalls, deep overhangs and alcoves, and numerous natural bridges and arches. This hike has incredible diversity, as we finish with an exciting ascent out of the canyon and across a stretch of signature Utah slickrock.
Our backpacking trip begins in St. George, Utah where we get an early start and drive to the remote trailhead. From the trailhead we’ll work our way down the Coyote Gulch drainage. For the next four days this dramatic canyon takes us through some of the most beautiful country in the United States. It culminates on Days 3 and 4 with an amazing arch, natural bridge, pictographs, waterfalls, fantastic side canyon exploration, and a memorable ascent out of the canyon. Our guests tend to fall in love with this route but we want to forewarn you, the power of this place awakens strong emotion. People often feel compelled to return again and again throughout their lifetime in search of more “good times!”
Watch a video of Wildland guests describing Coyote Gulch while on the trip!
Need to Know: Waste Regulation & Width Requirement
Waste Regulation – The public agencies that oversee this region require that everyone doing Coyote Gulch pack out all solid waste, including human waste. We provide resources and training to make this manageable and efficient. However, if you’d rather embark on a trip in this region where that isn’t required, we recommending checking out the 4-day Boulder Mail Trail.
Width/Climbing Requirement – You must be able to fit through an 18 inch “crack in the wall” on the final day of this tour. To test whether you can fit through, we recommend opening up a door to 18 inches, turning sideways and shuffling through the opening. You must also be able to safely navigate a tight corridor that involves a climb up and over a rock shelf and maneuvering your body weight in this condensed environment. The terrain in this sandstone crack can be sandy, steep, rocky, uneven and/or muddy. Hikers must be able to remain balanced in this terrain with or without support. There is not an alternative exit for this final day of the tour. If you’re unable to fit through an 18-inch crack or uncomfortable with the terrain, we recommend looking at the Boulder Mail Trail as a great alternative Utah backpacking trip.
$1740 Per Person
DIFFICULTY LEVEL 3
Scale of 1-5. 1 is least difficult; 5 is most difficult
Most days on this trip are relatively flat with little elevation gain, but the final day involves a 800 foot climb over 2.5 miles and squeezing through the 18 inch wide “Crack-in-the-Wall”. You will need to fit through the 18 inch crack, there is no alternative route.
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PHYSICAL DEMANDS OF THIS TRIP
- Hiking uphill or downhill with a 30-35 lb backpack for 5-7 hours
- Maintaining balance and footing on variable terrain
- You must be able to fit through an 18 inch “crack in the wall” on the final day of this tour. To test whether you can fit through, we recommend opening up a door to 18 inches, turning sideways and shuffling through the opening. You must also be able to safely navigate a tight corridor that involves a climb up and over a rock shelf and maneuvering your body weight in this condensed environment. The terrain in this sandstone crack can be sandy, steep, rocky, uneven and/or muddy. Hikers must be able to remain balanced in this terrain with or without support. There is not an alternative exit for this final day of the tour.
SOLITUDE LEVEL 3
1 least solitude, 5 most solitude
We rate this Utah backpacking trip a Level 3 on solitude. You can expect to see a handful of other groups per day. At certain times of year, such as Spring Break, you can expect to see more people.
UTAH SALES TAX
Utah is the only state we are based in that charges sales tax to outfitters and guides. The sales tax is based on the St. George, UT municipality rates, which are adjusted occasionally but are in the 6-7% range. For all of our hiking and backpacking tours that originate from our St. George, Utah base (Utah, Joshua Tree and Death Valley trips), the sales tax will be applied automatically to your payments. Feel free to call us at 1-800-715-HIKE (4453) with any questions!
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Our sliding scale for private trips is based on the final number of guests in your group. Rates are per person and do not include sales tax, national park fees or guide gratuity. The final rate is based on the actual number of guests on the trip and may adjust based on cancellations or additions.
Please Note: you can also enjoy a private trip at our normal scheduled rates by filling any empty tour to capacity. However, if group members drop from the tour those spots will automatically become available on our website for instant booking. By purchasing a private trip at the rates listed below, your trip will remain exclusive to your group regardless of cancellations.
Private Rates FOr This Trip
- 2 People: Rate x 2.5
- 3 People: Rate x 1.75
- 4 People: Rate x 1.25
- 5+ People: Rate x 1.15
*all rates are per person