Backpack Coyote Gulch Utah– September 30–October 2, 2022


During this 3 day/2 night backpacking trip you'll discover one of the best spots deep in the heart of the Grand Staircase. You'll explore huge arches, amazing natural bridges, waterfalls, river walking and so much more!! This adventure includes all your backpacking gear so you can travel light! It's also the perfect opportunity if you have been wanting to try out backpacking but don't have the gear!

We’re meeting in Escalante, Utah. If you are flying in to join us, the nearest airports are:
  • Cedar City, UT - 2 hours 24 minutes drive to Escalante - You can ride with Desert Wander from here. Your flight must arrive by September 29th at 3:00 p.m. MST
  • St George, UT - 3 hours 19 minutes to Escalante - You can ride with Desert Wander from here. Your flight must arrive by September 29th at 2:00 p.m. MST
  • Las Vegas, NV - 5 hour 7 minutes drive to Escalante. You can ride a shuttle to St. George and then ride with Desert Wander from there. You must arrive in St. George by September 29th at 2:00 p.m. MST
  • Salt Lake, UT - 5 hour driver to Escalante. You can ride a shuttle to St. George and then ride with Desert Wander from there. You must arrive in St. George by September 29th at 2:00 p.m. MST
  • Other Airports - A rental car from any airport or driving in with your personal car is also an option.

Day 1: Welcome to Escalante!

St George Pickup will be approximately 6:00am from your hotel and shuttle to Escalante. A list of hotels will be provided.

Arrive in Escalante, Utah on the morning of September 30th, 2022 by 7:00 a.m. 

Once we meet up with your guide, we'll load our backpacks and prepare for your adventure. We will leave Escalante by 8 a.m./8:30 a.m. and make the drive down Hole-in-the-rock road to our trailhead. We will hike 5.3 miles dentergin through Crack in the wall into Coyote Gulch. We will make camp and enjoy our dinner and first night under the stars.

Day 2: Coyote Gulch and All It's Wonders

After breakfast, we will day hike 6.4 miles with our day packs out and back down through the Coyote Gulch. We will see Jacob Hamblin Arch, Swiss Cheese Falls, Coyote Natural Bridge, Cliff Arch and so many other great features. We will take our time and soak it all in. We will have lunch on the trail today. Once back at camp we will enjoy dinner and our second and final night under the stars.

Day 3: Back To Town We Go!

After breakfast we will pack up camp and hit the trail to hike the 6.4 miles to exit through Red Well. We will have lunch on the trail. We will find our way back up Hole-in-the-rock road to Escalante, Utah where we can find some yummy dinner, together or on our own.

Pre Departure: Optional Group Stay in Escalante, Utah - September 29th
Arrive in Escalante the night before the trip begins. Our tour guide will organize an optional group stay where you'll be able to pack up prior to departure. This is an additional cost which will be split amongst those who opt to join early. No meals included this day.

- All backpacking gear - backpack, tent, sleeping bag, sleeping pad, pillow, cook set (pot, spork, stove, fuel), trekking poles, chair, water bottles, water filter, and day pack
- Transportation once you arrive in St. George, UT
- Guided hiking on amazing local trails that includes specialized gear such as trekking poles.
- All guides and entry fees
- All meals provided - Saturday lunch through Monday lunch
- Hiking snacks
- Water, coffee, tea, hot coco

- Transportation to/from the airport if you arrive before the trip start date
- Alcoholic Beverages, energy drinks, electrolyte replacements
- Breakfast on Saturday morning
- Travelers Insurance
- Hotels before and after the backpacking trip. Our tour operator can help arranging a hotel.

All meals will be provided as noted above. Please reach out to the trip host after booking if you have any food allergies/sensitivities. We will do our best to accommodate dietary restrictions but cannot make any guarantees.

Trip Confirmation:
This trip requires a minimum number of ladies to register in order for it to be confirmed. Once the trip reaches the minimum participant number, you will receive a trip confirmation email and a link to be added a private Facebook group just for trip guests. In this group further trip details will be provided. Please let us know if you do not have or use Facebook (see contact information below).

$995.00 per person; payment plans available.

Cancellation Policy: Please see our Terms of Service.

Covid-19 Travel Policy: Please see our Terms of Service.

Questions? Please reach out to Lindsey Egan at

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Katie is an adventurer at heart. She has explored and wander in and around Southern Utah for the last 20 years. Canyons, wide open vistas, sandstone and sagebrush are her favorite!  She has worked in some form of recreation since she started working. Her love for backpacking took full force the year and a half she spent working for an outdoor behavioral company as a guide in 2004. Since then marriage and family has been her many focus with work on the side. She has been married for 17 years and has 4 great kids. As her kids have grown she has been able to pursue her passion to help women experience the outdoors safely and have the best time doing it. She started Desert Wander last year, yes 2020! She hopes to cultivate an amazing experience for all who come wander with her.

Come along with Katie as she takes you on an unforgettable weekend exploring some of the places she loves most!