Advisory: Grand Gulch Considered Impassable 3/4 Mile Up-Canyon From River
Due to further erosion over the winter, the BLM Monticello Field Office is advising hikers, backpackers, and packrafters that Grand Gulch is impassable at a pouroff approximately 3/4 of a mile up-canyon from the San Juan River confluence (see photo below). It is strongly recommended that visitors do not attempt to climb around the pouroff. This development does not affect access to Grand Gulch trailheads and routes above the pouroff. For more information, call the BLM Monticello Field Office at (435) 587-1500.
A permit is required year-round for day use, overnight backpacking, and saddle and pack stock use in the canyons of Cedar Mesa and Grand Gulch. For more information on how to obtain a permit, select the type of permit you are interested in below: