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Canyon Confidential: Utah’s Grand Gulch

To discover the best-kept secrets in Utah's Grand Gulch, you need to start at the bottom.

Plan It

Grand Gulch, UT

Season
March through mid-June and September through October are primo. July and August bring monsoons and heat.
Guides Far Out Expeditions (435-672-2294, faroutexpeditions.com) and Wild Rivers Expeditions (800-422-7654, riversandruins.com) team up for this trip annually from September 8-18.

Map
Pack Trails Illustrated #206 Grand Gulch Plateau ($12; natgeomaps.com)
Permits Required ($8/person/trip). Reserve up to 90 days in advance (435-587-1510), and pick them up the day of your trip at Kane Gulch Ranger Station.

Contacts

Call (435) 587-1532 for road, trail, weather, and water conditions.

The Way
From Mexican Hat, take US 163 four miles north to UT 261. Drive 29.4 miles to Kane Gulch Ranger Station.

Online Extras
For more photos and non-guided trip itineraries, go to backpacker.com/grandgulch.

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