Escalante Travel Guide

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Escalante Things to Do

  • Scenic it is!

    Some of the highlights include the Red Canyon, a very convincing precursor of the Bryce Canyon. Further east the Kiva Koffeehouse establishment is tucked away not far beyond the town of Escalante itself in the schism of red stone along the Escalante River. Yet farther east is the vertigo causing Hogback Outlook with a 360 degree view of Calf Creek...

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  • Veteran's Memorial Park

    As it turned out it was Memorial Day 2014 when I was in Escalante looking for a park to eat breakfast. At the Grand Staircase visitor center, a ranger informed me of a park in town.The park did not fit our needs because, although they have a covered pavilion and picnic tables, they do not allow camp stoves so we could not make breakfast. However,...

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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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  • 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 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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  • Drive Hwy 12 over the...

    Drive Hwy 12 over the unbelievably narrow Hogsback, stop by an Anasazi Village, and then drive across the scenic heights of Boulder MountainYou might not want to drive the Hogsback if you are scared of heights. We drove south across the Hogsback (heading downhill to Escalante). One minute you are driving across mountains at 9000 feet, next you seem...

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Escalante Hotels

  • Circle D Motel

    This is an old 50's style drive up motel. It is in fairly good repair, but don't expect too much. We...

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  • Prospector Inn

    Saying this is the nicest in town only implies that there aren't many to chose from. This is a solid...

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Escalante Restaurants

  • Decent food, terrible service

    This seems to be a new business as I don't remember it from last year. It is nicely decorated and large inside with outdoor seating in the front. They are attached to a motel.I was with a large group which is why the waitress had a difficult time with our order. She completely forgot to put on order in. We were all served except one. I was told the...

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  • 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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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

  • Small outdoor shop

    This is a new outdoor store directly across the street from the first outdoor store in town. It is much smaller but does have the essentials for your outdoor needs. It is good to check both shops for the best deal or better equipment.They do have a coffee shop and offer backpacker shuttles for those wanting to do a through hike. Hiking and camping...

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  • Another option

    This is a better option than the other gas station in town. Gas was a bit cheaper and they have a better food selection. This is good if you are there on a Sunday when the food store is closed. Also in the location is a Subway sandwich shop. I went in looking for camping food but they are limited on meat. The owner offered to sell me some bulk...

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  • Gas station, supplies and more

    This is a fairly new gas station that has a fair amount of food selections but mostly food for on the go. They also rent out ATV's for recreational fun. Not as expensive as a similar place. There is competition in town especially being located right across the street from the food market.

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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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    • Hiking and Walking
    • Backpacking
    • 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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