Grand Gulch, Utah
Key information: Grand Gulch, Utah
- Grand Gulch is exceptional even by the South-west's high standards: a long, deep, often sheer-sided canyon which is claimed to be one of the remotest in the region.
- Fascinating geology and desert plant and animal life. Extensive Anasazi remains.
- Walkopedia rating85
- Natural interest17
- Human interest2
- Negative points0
- Total rating85
- Length: Up to 33km
- 1-2 days
- Level of Difficulty: Strenuous
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Grand Gluch (a “Primitive Area” in southern Utah) is exceptional even by the South-west’s high standards: a long, deep, often sheer-sided canyon which is claimed to be one of the remotest in the region.
As well as fascinating geology and desert plants and animal life,"Anasazi" Pueblo Indians lived here between 2,000 and 700 years ago, and left a rich legacy of cliff-dwellings and rock art.
The canyon is only accessible by foot. You can hike it, although you will need to be completely self-sufficient. It is possible to make a 5 day guised and pllama-supported trek, which Walko is VERY keen to do one day..
This is tough, dry walking, and you will need to be wholly self-sufficient. Carry enough water
Canyons can be lethal, particularly as a result of flash floods, so check weather conditions carefully before you set out. The main risk season is July – mid September. August is said to be the worst because of the rain risk.
Grand Gulch is in the Cedar Mesa area, administered by the Bureau of Land Management. Permits are needed to walk here; some can be booked ahead, some are walk-in on the day. Google “Grand Gulch permits”.
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