Capitol Reef National Park: Steep Creek Canyon

Go from lush mountains to high desert via a red rock canyon on this 16.3-mile, mostly off-trail trek into Grand Staircase-Escalante. Go in spring or fall; pack extra water.

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Trail Facts

  • Distance: 25.4



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Roundup Flat: Head SW on trail; then SE to a string of small lakes


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Good camp spot with mountain views


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Continue on trail to small pond, which is the last sure water for a number of miles; begin bushwhack heading SE along stream bed


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Streambed turns S; descend quickly into Steep Creek Canyon


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Look for old Native American path that intersects the stream bed


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Possible water source; watch for bear and mountain lion tracks in the sandy bottom of the canyon


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Big water pool-H2O likely year-round


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Lineman’s Cabin


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Steep Creek Canyon joins The Gulch Canyon; great place to camp with water and large cottonwood trees. Optional: Take day hikes exploring The Gulch Canyon to the N


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End hike @ Burr Trail Rd., where you dropped a car earlier