Boulder Mountain is a destination all in itself, with endless opportunities for outdoor adventure and recreation. With more than 50,000 acres of forest on the Aquarius Plateau, Boulder Mountain is the highest timbered plateau in North America. Blue Bell Knoll — called Boulder Top by locals — peaks at 11,313 feet. As you can imagine, the views are spectacular in every direction, with Capitol Reef National Park to the east, Box Death Hollow Wilderness Area and the Escalante River to
We recently posted about the history of Escalante, Utah. Here’s a video that portrays some of Escalante in modern day.
Escalante offers some excellent shopping, dining, lodging, art, and outdoor adventure experiences.
Situated on the edge of the Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument, this quaint and historic pioneer town is now one of the great jumping points for exploration of the surrounding scenic attractions that also include, Boulder Mountain, Kodachrome Basin State Park, Bryce Canyon, Capitol Reef, and more.
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Escalante’s namesake is one of its earliest visitors who passed through the region long before the community was actually established. When Franciscan missionary Silvestre Velez de Escalante was summoned to California in 1776 he carefully journaled his trip through the area now known as Escalante. Another famous expedition took place nearly a century later, when Captain James Andrus led the Southern Utah militia through the region during the Black Hawk Indian War in 1866. But it was Mormon pioneers who
Capitol Reef Country’s history is full of colorful characters. Napoleon Bonaparte Roundy, known as Pole to his friends and locals, was a “rough-cut” Mormon who was quick on the trigger and not afraid to show it.
Born in Centerville on February 5, 1851 to parents Susannah Wallace and Lorenzo Wesley Roundy, Pole was just a young boy (the seventh of eight siblings) when the family was called by Mormon church leader Brigham Young to join other
Escalante, Utah is a true “HEART“ of Bryce Canyon Country. Located on Scenic Byway 12 between Bryce Canyon and Capitol Reef National Parks, it’s easy to see what inspires the artists who live and visit here to set up their easels and capture the area’s natural beauty, or look to local Native American and pioneer history for inspiration. From a working arts festival to local galleries, Escalante is perhaps
Side trip from Escalante, Utah
Perhaps one of Southern Utah’s best kept secrets, Upper Calf Creek Falls is an 88 ft cascading waterfall located just upstream for Lower Calf Creek. This secluded little downpour is hidden behind a steep sandstone incline, lined with volcanic boulders and obscured from trail view behind the trailhead register. Two miles roundtrip, most hikers need to allow at least two hours traversing the uphill trail and scouting for the tricky location (it’s easy to get lost).
The Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, one of the newest national monuments in the national park system, is truly a wonder to behold; it contains 1.7 million acres of land, more than six thousand vertical feet of alternating cliffs, slopes, and terraces, and extends from the Utah / Arizona border just north rim of the Grand Canyon to the Paunsaugunt Plateau in southern Utah. Laid out like giant stairs, each “riser” is about 2,000 feet high and each “tread” is a
In December of 1879 approximately 80 wagons, consisting of 250 men, women and children, gathered about 40 miles southeast of Escalante, Utah. They were prepared, with supplies, for a six week journey to establish a new community in southeastern Utah. Unfortunately the trek actually took six months to complete.
Hitting the trails on horseback in Bryce Canyon Country is a fun and memorable adventure. A variety of equestrian trails for horseback riding lead through diverse landscape and scenery, from groomed paths to remote backcountry. Outfitters throughout Bryce Canyon Country can assist with guided half-, full-, or multi-day excursions for a true Wild West experience on horseback.
Kodachrome Basin’s 2.9-mile Panorama Trail leads through the state park’s spectacular rock formations. There
There are four main visitor information centers in the Bryce Canyon region.
Escalante (Grand Staircase)
The Escalante Interagency Office visitor information center specializes in the ecology and biology of Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument. The visitor center features scientific exhibits, photos, dioramas, and a topographic relief model of Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument. Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument includes 1.9 million acres of some of the most remote wilderness