March 9, 2012

Box Death Hollow Wilderness Area contains 25,751 acres of unspoiled rugged beauty, with sheer vertical Navajo sandstone canyon walls carved by tributaries of the Escalante River rising majestically above the canyon floor.  Pine Creek runs north-south through a steep monocline to form the area known as The Box.  The Wilderness Area is home to a variety of wildlife such as mule deer, elk, cougar, and several bird species, and wild populations of brown and rainbow trout found in Pine Creek.
Box Death Hollow

Box Death Hollow view from Hell’s Backbone Bridge

Box Death Hollow Wilderness Area is vast and remote with very few marked trails and a rugged backcountry that challenges even the most experienced hikers.  There are only three maintained trails in Box Death Hollow: Roundy Trail, Coleman Trail, and The Box.  The Box begins at the Upper Box Trailhead around 7,740 feet, following and sometimes crossing the swiftly moving Pine Creek for roughly nine miles. Box Death Hollow’s canyons frequently flood after rains, so hikers should take extra precautions through this remote wilderness. Late spring, summer, and fall are usually the best time to explore. Vehicle access is restricted in much of the Wilderness Area. The view from Hell’s Backbone Bridge, with sheer drops on either side, is one of the most scenic in southern Utah.
Box Death Hollow

A view into the depths of Box Death Hollow Wilderness Area

Located just north of Escalante and west of Boulder, Utah, Box Death Hollow is within the Dixie National Forest, and was designated as a Wilderness Area in 1984.   This Wilderness Area gets its name from events relative to the loss of livestock that were trying to cross the steep canyon.
Hells Backbone Bridge

Hell’s Backbone Bridge over Box Death Hollow Wilderness Area

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