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The Grand Staircase of the Escalante was one of the last places in the United States to be mapped; and for good reason.  It encompasses perhaps the most wild and remote section of the Colorado Plateau, strewn with a dizzying array of deep canyons and plateaus, effectively cutting off hundreds of miles of desert from all travel except by foot.  The town of Escalante is well known for being the last town in the United States to finally gain automobile access in 1935.  It is extremely common to not see another group for days at a time out in the backcountry, which is an extremely unforgiving world that is almost inhospitable without modern gear and equipment.  Cross country navigation?  Nearly impossible.  Reliable water sources?  Few and far in between.  Snakes, scorpions, and other scary animals?  Plenty of them.  Indeed the canyons of the Escalante showcase some of the harshest yet rewarding terrain in the area.  It has no comparison.  It has no equal.  The Escalante has earned its spot as one of the most awe inspiring, yet perilous, pieces of desert in the United States.

Black Hole of White Canyon

This is one of the older albums on the site and is a classic route.  Though technically not challenging, White Canyon forms a fantastic section of slot canyon that has been granted the name of the Black Hole.  It is a place where light goes to die and cold water lurks.  The Black Hole is

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Bluepool Wash

This is probably the easiest route listed on this website and is in this section for a lack of a better category.  Bluepool Wash is a very short, though nice, section of slot canyon located just north of Page and south of Big Water, Utah on highway 89.  You pass right by it on the

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Choprock Canyon

Choprock Canyon is commonly regarded as one of the more physically challenging routes on the Colorado Plateau and I would certainly agree with this statement.   The price of admission is well worth the show.  The main feature of this canyon is that it is relentless.  Once you are in the narrows it does not stop. 

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Coyote Gulch

There are places in this world that feel like a dream.  This is one of them.  Coyote Gulch is an incredible gorge that has cut deep into the Escalante.  Though a nontechnical adventure, this does not take away from the immensity and inspiration of this location.  A massive arch, several springs, sandy beaches shrouded by

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Escalante River

The Escalante River is where legends are born.  Like a wild eyed wanderer it strays to and fro, like a lost drunkard, on its eventual terminus in the insulting travesty that they call Lake Powell.  Yet on its course, it weaves its way through the desert, creating magic as it goes.  Some of the most

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Hackberry Canyon

I have done many canyon routes over the years and still, for some odd reason, Hackberry Canyon and Round Valley Draw stands out as one of my favorites.  It is a classic, remote, and rough canyon route thru the desert.  The first 6 miles of this hike, via Round Valley Draw are nice but not

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Headless Hen Canyon

If you like keeper potholes and hard work then you will love this canyon.  This is certainly not the prettiest canyon around but presents a great opportunity to test and hone your expertise on escaping keeper potholes.  There are a few nasty ones in here that make it a real trial.  You also get a

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Neon Canyon

The Golden Cathedral of Neon Canyon highlights one of the amazing features that can form when you combine water with rock over eons of time.  There is nothing in the world more patient, more reliable, and more persistent than the force of water.  It always wins.  Neon Canyon is a short but incredibly sweet route

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Peekaboo Canyon

A short, out and back hike to Peekaboo Canyon is a cool way to spend a few hours and you can hit Spooky and Brimstone Canyons all in the same trip.  Peekabo Canyon is great since it features a really, really awesome hallway with a bunch of arches with a fun climb to get up

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Round Valley Draw

Hackberry Canyon is a remote and much less often visited canyon in southern Utah off of Cottonwood Canyon Road.  This route, Round Valley Draw, drops you into Hackberry and makes an outstanding multi-day trip thru some incredibly beautiful and remote terrain.  Round Valley Draw is a classic slot canyon which can be accessed rather easily. 

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Spooky Canyon

A short but nice section of canyon located near the Dry Fork of Coyote Gulch.  This is commonly done on the same hike as Peekaboo and Brimstone Canyons, given their close proximity to each other.  All these canyons are short and easy accessible making them commonly done routes in the area.  Spooky was my favorite

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