Collet Top Loop

The Collet Top Loop is an intermediate ride south of the town of Escalante in the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument. This is an all day ride that takes you almost 73 miles in about six hours of drive time.

The trail follows a few different BLM Routes including BLM 200, 230 and 300. These routes take you through areas of Cedar Wash, Hole-in-the-Rock Road and Collet Top.

The ride features mostly maintained dirt roads, but the road can get a little rough while traveling through the washes located at the bottoms of canyons.

Throughout the ride you’re greeted by amazing geological structures the monument is known for, as well as some archaelogical sites as well. There are opportunities for short hikes through the trail that treat you to points of interest, including the Cedar Wash Arch, and Twenty Mile Dinosaur Tracks.

There is plenty of lodging in and just outside of the town of Escalante. The town has every necessity between grocers and gas stations. There is also opportunity for primitive camping along Hole-in-the-Rock Road.

Prepare adequately for each season. The area is very hot and dry during the summer, so extra water is highly recommended. During the winter the washes can get wet or even frozen over. Drive cautiously through these areas. Flash flooding is also a possibility. Keep an eye on the weather.

Overall the Collet Top Loop offers something for everyone and would be fun an experienced driver to bring their whole family.

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Would you like to see the trail in an animated 3D flyover map? If it appears to pause, that is likely a place I stopped for a while. It will continue, just wait a few moments. Link to 3D flyover.

Here is the 360 view at the trailhead. Feel free to tour around a bit inside Google Street Views. We have recorded the trail in 360 and it is now part of Google Street Views so you can take a virtual tour of the trail to see if it is for you. We’ve made it a bit easier to navigate, scroll down and you will see more 360 embedded tours as we encounter intersections, trail markers or interesting places along the trail.

On any image, you can click the ‘X’ in the upper right corner and the view will change to an overview map showing the Google Street View blue lines. You can click anywhere on that blue line and drop down to the 360 ground-level views at that point.

You can move the image 360 degrees, click the arrow to move further down the trail and zoom in and out to take a closer look. Clicking the box in the upper right-hand corner will enlarge to full screen for a better view.

You can start this trail off from the Escalante City Park if you have a street legal machine. Head south on Center Street until you hit dirt road. The "official" beginning of Cedar Wash Road. If you would like to detour to the Cedar Wash Arch viewpoint, take a right at this fork, otherwise stay left to head to the rest of the trail. Sign for the Devil's Garden day use area. This spot has beautiful hoodoos, picnic tables and bathrooms if needed. Right hand turn for dinosaur tracks, straight to continue the trail. Be cautious through these washes, they can be muddy, frozen over or prone to flash floods. The bottom of this wash is home to some striking structures like this balancing rock. Beautiful views at the top of the switchback. There is a small archaeological site near this interstection if you keep your eyes peeled. Remember: Look, but don't touch! The rest of the trail will be following the BLM 300 route the rest of the way back to Escalante. This is about the halfway point! Be careful rolling through washes like these. These are dangerous spots for flash floods. More beautiful views along the trail. The rest of the way back to Escalante is driving through washes intermittently. Great views the whole way

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