Escalante Travel Guide

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Escalante Things to Do

  • Take a Historic District tour

    Now, this tour won't be of any place fancy, nothing like that exists in Escalante. However, the town has put together a brochure listing all 200+ structures which were built around the 1900's and continue to survive. This has now been designated into an National Historic District. Some of these are nothing more than an old cow barn or shed. Others...

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  • Visit the Heritage Center

    A rather new building to explain a very old tale. This place is at the north of town right by the entrance sign. It will be one of the first things you see entering from that direction. This tells the short history of the town. With artifacts, a short video, an replica wagon, old photos, and other minutia from a time not really so long ago you can...

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  • Visit the CCC camp

    Off to the north of town are the remains of the old Civilian Conservation Camp. During the 1930's this organization was formed to provide work and to perform helpful and needed civic projects. In Escalante the CCC built the road between Escalante and Boulder. It is wild country between the two, and the only way to Boulder until that time was via...

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  • Watch Local Artists at Work

    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...

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  • Kodachrome Basin State Park

    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...

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  • Hole in the Rock Road

    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...

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  • Hike the Escalante River

    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...

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  • Hell's Backbone

    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...

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  • Calf Creek Falls (BLM)

    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...

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Escalante Restaurants

  • The go-to place in town

    You want a good down home meal in a casual environment this is the place to go to. Good food, with a southwestern touch, whether for breakfast, midday or dinner.

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  • ONe of the Few In Town

    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...

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  • About the only game in town!

    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...

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Escalante Transportation

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    by worldtrekker Written Oct 4, 2002

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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.

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Escalante Shopping

  • Eclectic

    I put this gallery under local craft, but really it is a little bit of everything. The owner, Harriet Priska, is a painter, and her paintings are on display along with other local artists. There are also ceramics, jewelry, pawn shop type items, thrift store pieces, antiques, and even some local rocks.

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  • The upscale place

    This is the Gallery of a local photographer. Tracy Hassett's photos are stunning and unique and of the surrounding area. He also features other local artists with photos, jewelry and unique items. He is glad to share information about the area and talk about the places he's found for great photos.

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  • Art in Wood

    Just outside of town is perhaps the most unique shop. Owned by David and Brigitte Delthoney. They each have their own art. David sculpts furniture into works of wonder. Brigitte creates pottery with an ancient technique and look. To visit their shop is to have a tour rather than just looking around. The showroom is in a corner of David's workplace...

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Escalante Warnings and Dangers

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    by Llamamama Written Feb 1, 2007

    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.

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    • National/State Park

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Escalante Off The Beaten Path

  • Archeology

    For directions to this "locals" Anasazi location, ask Sharol Bernardo at Desert Wolf Gallery for explicit directions. You won't likely find it without some local help. Its best viewed in the morning hours. Watch for rattlesnakes among the rocks!

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  • Boulder Mountain

    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...

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  • Burr Trail Road

    At one time, it literally was a beaten path. I've heard that most of it is now paved. The stories of the trip are legend and Someday, I hope to make it myself.

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Escalante Favorites

  • Escalante is looking like a...

    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...

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  • Hike to Lower Calf Creek...

    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.

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  • worldtrekker's General Tip

    After taking the 2.75 mile hike in the heat, seeing this beautiful, 126 foot high waterfall and taking a dip (a very quick one as it was COLD!) Great spot! Photo: Lower Calf Creek Falls, July '99.

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