Distance: 1.6 miles round trip
About 5 miles from Escalante is the Hole-in-the-Rock Road. This 46 mile dirt road leads all the way to a break in the steep walls of Glen Canyon and was one of the only ways early mormon pioneers could cross the Colorado River for nearly 500 miles. While reaching the Hole-in-the-Rock is a major journey of excitement, requiring a high clearance 4x4, there are numerous sites along the way that anyone can reach with a passenger car which also provide great excitement.
Approximately 13.6 miles from the beginning of the Hole-in-the Rock Road is a road to the right called “Collet Top”. If you turn here you can quickly reach some ancient dinosaur tracks laid down in cretaceous sand dunes some 77 million years ago. Follow Collet Top Road for 1.7 miles until reaching the wash out. Park your car, cross the dry wash, and then continue to follow the road on foot for an additional 0.7 miles. The dinosaur tracks are located on the white sandstone ridge to your right.
The quickest way back to your vehicle is to enter the dry wash and walk it all the way back to the washout.
Distance: 2 miles to unlimited
Difficulty: Moderately Easy to Difficult
If you continue down Hole-in-the-Rock road to appoximately 30 miles from the start, there will be a road to the left for “Dry Fork”, which refers to Dry Fork Coyote Gulch. Follow this rough road for 1.7 miles to the trailhead. At the trailhead, the trail will descend nearly 300 feet over slickrock to the dry wash at the bottom.
You must follow the cairns down and a couple of places can be tricky if you have a heavy pack on. Upon reaching the canyon bottom, there will be a nice big slot canyon to the left. This is Dry Fork Coyote Gulch and it is an easy walk upstream for several miles along this 10-15 foot wide, 100 foot deep slot. Just outside the entrance to the open wash to the right is another slot known as Peek-a-Boo slot. This is a very difficult slot with several difficult climbs up rock faces and mud in deep pools within. Having a toddler with us, we did not attempt this one, but we talked to several people who did it.
However, if you continue to walk down the wash ½ mile, you can reach a really wonderful slot canyon that is made just for kids. It is Spooky Gulch. The way to find it is to walk the Dry Fork until reaching a very wide sandy wash coming in from the left. As you walk up this wide sandy wash you will notice a large sand dune on the left and then as you turn right you will go right into this narrow slot.