Grand Gulch, UT
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.
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.
Call (435) 587-1532 for road, trail, weather, and water conditions.
From Mexican Hat, take US 163 four miles north to UT 261. Drive 29.4 miles to Kane Gulch Ranger Station.
For more photos and non-guided trip itineraries, go to backpacker.com/grandgulch.