This is a nice little canyon in a rarely visited spot along the Dirty Devil River in southeast Utah. It is about an hour from Hite Marina of Lake Powell/Glen Canyon National Recreation Area. There are a couple down-climbs of 10' or so, but no technical gear other than maybe a short handline is necessary. Th to th time could be about an hour + if you take no breaks and just get in, come down, get out, or if going up canyon to its head and taking a relaxing pace w/ breaks and photo ops, it could take however long you want. The drive in is along a 2 track that will require high clearance and maybe 4 wheel drive in a spot or 2. It curves along, paralleling the Dirty Devil River for about 8 miles on a bench above it and takes about an hour or a little over. You'll be steamrolling over brush in between the 2 tracks the whole way. Views are great and hiking opportunities are wherever you want them along the way. Camping opportunities abound as well and you will definitely have it all to yourself I am sure. I do not think many people take the time to visit. There is a 2 track on the west side of the Dirty Devil River as well, but I would not try to connect the 2 by fording. It would be ugly. And costly.
Getting ThereFrom Hite Marina of lake Powell/Glen Canyon National Recreation Area , which is along highway 95 in southeast Utah, head north and cross the Colorado River bridge. As you approach the Dirty Devil River bridge, very shortly thereafter you will notice a faint 2 track beginning near the point of a mesa that juts out towards the road that leads to a gate very near the paved hiway 95. Go thru the gate, closing it behind you, and follow the hi-clearance 2 track until it begins to drop down towards the Dirty Devil River ~8 miles later. Park above the Dirty Devil River on level ground or find a spot nearby to camp if you want.
campingThere are campsites along hiway 95 on the west side of the Dirty Devil River w/ a toilet or 2. There is also camping at Hite marina I believe. According to the NPS - "There are currently no water-based facilities at Hite. Small boats are being launched at Hite, however, boat launching is still at your own risk. There is a land-based pay-at-the-pump gas station and a small convenience store that is open intermittently. There is a ranger station at Hite that is also staffed intermittently." Also check here for regulations regarding Glen Canyon and Lake Powell.
From the th simply head towards the canyon and follow it as far up as you want, then get in and enjoy the ride back down. There is an entry/exit point just up canyon from the mouth, or you can do some minor bushwhacking thru willows to find a way out from along the very muddy, slippery banks of the Dirty Devil River. Or wade down river (muddy, slippery) until you get back to the road or see a point to exit thru the willows.
External Linksglen canyon national recreation area
dirty devil river