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Camping
Bullfrog, Halls Crossing, and Wahweap have the largest campgrounds from RV parks to primitive camping. Developed campgrounds are $18 a site and include facilities. Primitive camping at Bullfrog and Hite costs $6 a vehicle. Camping on the trails requires a permit. All follow the minimum-impact policy, requiring campers to leave trails and campsites in pristine condition. Campsites for Glen Canyon Recreation Area are listed on the National Park Service's website.

Hiking Escalante
Just north of Page, Utah's Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument crosses into the Glen Canyon area and offers some of America's most mind-blowing hiking experiences. Established as a national monument in September 1996, it was one of the last parts of the country to be mapped. Its dramatic arches and pink-and-cream Navajo sandstone cliffs spread across two million acres (800,000 hectares) of open canyonland, making it a hot spot for off-the-beaten-path enthusiasts.

Hole-in-the-Rock Road
One such trek takes hikers along Hole-in-the-Rock Road, a 62-mile (100-kilometer) historic route that begins at the town of Escalante, Utah, and dead-ends at an overlook of Lake Powell. Hole-in-the-Rock Road has many side roads leading to hundreds of hiking excursions. However, most of them are unmarked. "When people come to hike, most like a straightforward trail," notes one Glen Canyon staffer. "Escalante doesn't give them that. It's a true wild place, where wilderness skills are essential."

Most of the hikes require maps, which are available at the Escalante Interagency Visitor Information Center. For information, call 435-826-5499. Backpacking permits are also required. For details visit Utah's Bureau of Land Managementwebsite.

Coyote Gulch
About 30 miles (50 kilometers) down Hole-in-the-Rock Road is the Red Well trailhead that provides access to upper Coyote Gulch, a hidden treasure. Trekking through ankle-deep water, explorers encounter rock arches, a natural bridge, and small waterfalls. They'll also come upon a registration box where hikers should sign in with the time and date they began their trip and the expected date of return. The walk into the canyon is 13 miles (21 kilometers), so most hikers camp at least one night. The Escalante Interagency Visitor Information Center recommends a three-day trip. Backpackers can camp at the trail's midpoint and explore the canyon on day two. Camping in Coyote Gulch is dangerous due to flashfloods. No dogs are allowed, and group sizes are limited to 12 people. A free permit is required for overnight stays.

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