This place I stopped late at night was more than interesting. Keven Peterson owns Tribal Sounds, and makes Indian looking drums, but especially hydro wheels. The wheels work on the theory of gravity and Keven spends pain staking time calculating that gravity before building a wheel. He was educated as an engineer. He came out here some 25 years...more
The last time I was here (over 20 years ago), there were no facilities, just a campground that was parking spaces among the brush. Today, it's Kodachrome Basin State Park with hours and fees listed.We found it to be an exciting place. We're down among the spires. Where we walk, and drive is relatively flat, but the cliff tower above, there Grovenor...more
Hole in the Rock Road was created by a Mormon Expedition heading to the east side of Glen Canyon. It gets it's name from the 'hole' they had to cut into the canyon leading down to the Colorado River. Today, you can drive to the cut and look down upon Lake Powell in Glen Canyon National Recreation Area. The road traverses the eastern side of the...more
You can hike the entire Escalante River from town to the Colorado River (Lake Powell). Jim did. He planned for 2 years, watched the weather for over 3 months and set out. You see, it takes almost a week to do the entire length and any rain in the mountains can send a 'flash flood' down the river. Once you're in the deep canyons, you'll never see...more
Just a drive in the Mountains. Not quite! The forest roads lead north from Escalante into Dixie National Forest. You'll want to take your time as you go and get out occasionally to get a closer look at the canyons or the forest. As you go, you'll come around turns in the road that look like what you just passed through, until at one turn, you'll...more
The only way to see Calf Creek Falls and Canyon is to take a walk. If you liked Zion National Park , you'll thrill to this. What I liked best was that Calf Creek Canyon is a wonder that is scaled to human size. It's wall rise dramatically upwards, leaving a sliver of sky, so overwhelming because it's narrow and you have to walk, nor drive...more
The food was good and most looked and tasted like "home made". I had the burger and with that came an all you can eat salad bar; all for $7. Steaks are $20-25, and looked big and done right. Breakfasts can get a bit crowded, even though I was here in the fall. Most other places do not serve that. The burger and fires were good and done right. The...more
OK, your in Escalante and you need to eat. Not alot of choices! We always ask locally and we had two recommendations for Cowboy Blue. We ate dinner here twice and it was more than adequate.The place is clean, service was good, food was more than ample. I had hamburger and my wife had ribs the first night. The second nite we ordered a pizza, that...more
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For a map of the Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument and surrounding areas: MAP You can also call (435) 644-4300 or stop by at 180W. 300N. in Kanab, Utah. This is a headquarters of the monument. Their link is HERE
Be aware that since this is a new National Monument, there are private lands scattered throughout it. Leave things as you find them, for example cow gates should be left open/closed as they were when you came through.
Escalante's fabulous slot canyons are a wonder to behold. Keep in mind that these marvels of nature were formed by flash flooding events. Check in with the interagency office located on Hwy 12 prior to your hike to get up to date information on hazards and weather conditions. It is not advisable to hike the slots during our monsoon season. Best hiking weather is during the spring and late summer to fall.
The trip over Boulder Mountain always felt like the 'Trip to Witch Mountain' you head up the road. It's paved, then it's gravel. You wonder around the mountain for days (actually the trip took 2 hours) with blue sky peeking through the trees occasionally. The gloom seemed inpenetrable at times. Then the road became rock. Not gravel, not dirt, but...more
Escalante is looking like a modern version of a pioneer town. It has a agricultural, starting atmosphere and visitors are welcomed warmly. The society has created a nice and happy village in a very natural and green setting. A little barrage-damm, with behind it a artificial lake takes care of irrigationwater, some recreational fishing and - I...more
Hike to Lower Calf Creek Falls. To get there drive to the BLM campground which is about 15 miles east of the town of Escalante on Hwy 12. The 5.5 mile return hike is fairly easy and you get to cool off in a small pool below the falls. Photo: On the Calf Creek trail anticipating that dip in the water, July '99.more