Escalante – Hole In The Rock – Heritage Center Plaza

In the fall of 1879, Mormon settlers from St. George, Parowan, and Cedar City left to settle new territory in southeastern Utah at the request of LDS Church President John Taylor.  The six-week journey turned into a treacherous six-month expedition, as pioneers endured 200 miles of grueling, rugged terrain and a nearly vertical 1200-foot cliff on the banks of the Colorado River.

Ecalante Utah – Hole In The Rock – Heritage Center

The pioneers faced down the challenge by carving and

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The Hole In The Rock Expedition

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.

An artist's depiction of the Hole In The Rock expedition. This and other scenes may be viewed at an outdoor exhibit at the North end of

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