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Escalante Travel Guide: 38 reviews and 110 photos

Kept Pristine and Untouched

Escalante is right in the middle of the huge Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument. It is on Hwy 12, a very scenic route. The town was called potato VAlley from wild vegetables growing around the area. Later it changed to this name to commemorate the Spanish explorer who came through here in 1776, with Dominguez.
The Staircase area was dedicated to be a national protected site in 1996. It covers 1.7 million acres, or that equals 2,656 square miles. The boundaries are on the north Hwy 12 Scenic Highway, and Hwy 89 at the south. Getting around the protected area would take a drive of around 250 miles if you use the main paved highways. There are four roads that go through the area, but none are paved, and barely maintained. These roads used to be a shortcut between north/south for locals. The Bureau of Land Management will not, and do not maintain much of them now; purposely

In the Center of Sites Around Here

The town is in the center of many sites around here, and one of the few to stop for about 40 miles each way. So, if you want to do things in the national monument, this is the place to rest and eat.

Locals Use the Back Roads

Even though many roads a rough, to say the least, they still are one quicker method to go north/south through the Staircase wilderness. Most locals have 4WD and rattling vehicles form the bumps and grinds over the years. They do like to adventure of going out in the areas where few ever tread.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:A good stop point to enjoy the surrounding landscapes
  • Cons:Not a lot of choices to eat/sleep
  • In a nutshell:The town is small but has the amenties you need
  • Last visit to Escalante: Sep 2009
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • tiabunna's Profile Photo
    Nov 21, 2009 at 8:08 PM

    Isn't it curious how often interesting things turn up at out of the way places. Those hydro wheels are fascinating (good video on the link).

  • LoriPori's Profile Photo
    Oct 29, 2009 at 10:19 AM

    The D Motel is a little steep for $62.00 but as you say, not much competition.


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