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Glen Canyon National Recreation Area: Davis Gulch

Discover arches, rock art, and clues to the mystery of Everett Ruess on a 14.5-mile hike along the Escalante River.

Rating

Journeys in Glen Canyon National Recreational Area should be measured by jaw-dropping moments, not quad-busting elevation—which is to say this 14.5-mile trek will keep your mouth hanging open for days. The trail descends through Navajo sandstone domes and open slickrock before entering Davis Gulch proper via chiseled steps and following a lush wash filled with sagebrush, yucca, and snakeweed.
You’ll camp in stunning alcoves that were once at the heart of a thriving Native American civilization (they abandoned the area about 700 years ago), fill a memory card with pictures of LaGorce and Bement Arches, and get a taste of last known camp of Everett Ruess, an enigmatic writer and painter who disappeared here in 1934.
-Mapped by Kris Wagner

To Trailhead

By boat, follow the Escalante 5.5 miles from Lake Powell. Allow 3 hours for the 2.5-mile round-trip to the corral. By car, take UT 12 east from Escanlante and go 43 miles south on Hole-in-the-Rock Road, turn left onto Kane County 9080 about 1.2 miles past Sooner Wash.

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