Hole-in-the-Rock Road Drive

Escalante, Utah

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Retrace the general route taken in 1879–1880 by the expedition of Mormon pioneers who settled at Bluff. As you skirt the edge of the famous Escalante River canyons, ponder the sandstone figures at Devil’s Garden, gaze at the lone sandstone tower dubbed Chimney Rock and imagine the pioneers playing music at Dance Hall Rock. At road’s end, you will peer down at Lake Powell through the crack, or “hole,” in the rock wall of Glen Canyon that the pioneers had to widen. This road is best in spring and fall. Pioneer lore is replete with tales of false “shortcuts.” Thus it was for the Hole-in-the-Rock expedition—250 men, women and children with 83 wagons and 1,000 head of cattle that set out to settle at the mouth of Montezuma Creek, on the San Juan River. The road generally follows their route along the edge of the Escalante River canyons below the Straight Cliffs, at the eastern rim of Fiftymile Mountain/Kaiparowits Plateau.
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Utah Byways

by Tony Huegel (Wilderness Press)

Retrace the general route taken in 1879–1880 by the expedition of Mormon pioneers who settled at Bluff. As you skirt the edge of the famous Escalante River canyons, ponder the sandstone figures at Devil’s Garden, gaze at the lone sandstone tower dubbed Chimney Rock and imagine the pioneers playing music at Dance Hall Rock. At road’s end, you will peer down at Lake Powell through the crack, or “hole,” in the rock wall of Glen Canyon that the pioneers had to widen. This road is best in spring and fall.

Pioneer lore is replete with tales of false “shortcuts.” Thus it was for the Hole-in-the-Rock expedition—250 men, women and children with 83 wagons and 1,000 head of cattle that set out to settle at the mouth of Montezuma Creek, on the San Juan River. The road generally follows their route along the edge of the Escalante River canyons below the Straight Cliffs, at the eastern rim of Fiftymile Mountain/Kaiparowits Plateau.

©  Tony Huegel/Wilderness Press. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking, Off-Highway Drives
Nearby City: Escalante
Distance: 106
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Difficulty: Easy to Difficult
Duration: 8 hours or more
Season: Best spring and fall
Local Contacts: Grand Staircase - Escalante National Monument; Glen Canyon National Recreation Area
Local Maps: DeLorme Utah Atlas and Gazeteer; Trails Illustrated No. 710 (Canyons of the Escalante)
Driving Directions: Directions to Hole-in-the-Rock Road Drive

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Apr 2018