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Hiking Bowington Arch - Highway 12 Hiking Bowington Arch

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RATING: Easy/Moderate Hike

Thu

A slight chance of rain showers after noon. Mostly sunny. High near 68, with temperatures falling to around 65 in the afternoon. West southwest wind 3 to 15 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20%.

68 | 44

Fri

A slight chance of rain before noon, then a chance of rain and a slight chance of thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 63. West southwest wind 6 to 18 mph. Chance of precipitation is 50%.

63 | 44

Sat

A chance of rain showers. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 60. Chance of precipitation is 50%.

60 | 38

Sun

Sunny, with a high near 69.

69 | 36

Mon

Sunny, with a high near 75.

75 | 40

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SEASON: Spring, Fall, Summer. Winter if you don't mind wading the river in the cold.
GEAR: Standard Hiking Gear
WATER: Filterable along the Escalante and at a large pool near the arch.

Thu

A slight chance of rain showers after noon. Mostly sunny. High near 68, with temperatures falling to around 65 in the afternoon. West southwest wind 3 to 15 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20%.

68 | 44

Fri

A slight chance of rain before noon, then a chance of rain and a slight chance of thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 63. West southwest wind 6 to 18 mph. Chance of precipitation is 50%.

63 | 44

Sat

A chance of rain showers. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 60. Chance of precipitation is 50%.

60 | 38

Sun

Sunny, with a high near 69.

69 | 36

Mon

Sunny, with a high near 75.

75 | 40

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The idyllic Escalante River

The idyllic Escalante River

Bowington Arch is a hike that I think experienced Grand Staircase hikers will enjoy, but is equally accessible as an introduction to new Escalante visitors. The hike, starting at the highway 12 bridge/Escalante River Trailhead, has a bit of everything. Ruins, rock art, towering walls, riparian river sections, an arch, and the colorful walls and textures that I see as iconic to the Escalante region. There is a lot to see and do on this hike. It is mostly done as an out-and-back 1/2 or full-day hike. It would also be well suited for a short backpack trip. If backpacking, consider adding on Phipps Arch as a side trip. Camping near the confluence of Bowington and the Escalante River has a few decent options as well as above the large pool marked on the map.

Bugs, and deer flies in particular, can be a problem in late spring and summer. The worst deer fly experience I have had was along this stretch one June day. Conversely, I have been in late June and July many times and have encountered no deer flies or mosquitos at all. Long pants, long sleeves, and bug repellent recommended just in case if visiting in spring or summer.

Be aware you will cross the Escalante River a few times. Normally, this is very shallow and less than knee deep. For a short time in the spring during high runoff, and occasionally after heavy storms, the flow can be much higher. Check at the bridge to make sure you are comfortable with the level. Bring wading shoes, there isn’t usually a way to cross and keep your feet dry.

Hiking up the canyon that holds Bowington Arch

Hiking up the canyon that holds Bowington Arch

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