Visit the spectacular and unique Golden Cathedral

Tom’s Experience hiking to the Golden Cathedral: 

The Golden Cathedral, located in Neon Canyon Escalante Utah, is a totally neat rock formation.

Fence Canyon Golden Cathedral

The trails in the area are not all that great, and we struggled to stay on a path for more than a few minutes, which makes getting to and from the mouth of the canyon a little difficult.

Escalante River Golden Cathedral

There are a few ways to get to the mouth of the canyon. We decided to go down Fence Canyon and camp at the Escalante River for a night.

Golden Cathedral Canyon EntranceYou can also just head straight for the mouth of the canyon using a topo map to find a safe way to descend down to the Escalante River.

First Glimpse of the Golden CathedralFinding the mouth of Neon Canyon wasn’t too difficult but we did have to bushwhack a little in order to make it. Once in Neon, the trail was easy to follow and there were no problems.

Golden Cathedral Grand Staircase EscalanteIt is a pretty short hike from the entrance of Neon Canyon to the Golden Cathedral. It only took us about 30 minutes. Dogs are allowed to visit the Golden Cathedral but must be kept on leash.

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Trail Info:  From highway 12, drive south down the hole in the rock road for about 17 miles to a dirt road on the left that is well marked for Egypt. Follow that dirt road 9.9 miles to the Egypt Trailhead. There is a BLM trail register at the trail head. After that, take one of the numerous ways down to the Escalante River. The mouth of Neon Canyon is one of the few openings on the left side of the Escalante as you are looking down river. There is also a very nice campsite right at the mouth of the canyon with trees and grass. Further down river from Neon Canyon is the popular narrow Ringtail Canyon.


Trailhead = 37.593225,-111.218564

Mouth of Neon Canyon Escalante Utah = 37.606634,-111.168132

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