Hole-in-the-Rock Road

Escalante, Utah

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The drive to get to this ride’s trailhead from Boulder is unforgettable—surely one of the most scenic drives in the nation. From slickrock-engulfed Boulder, whose irrigated green fields clash magnificently with the surrounding rock, you eventually negotiate a knife-edge ridge road—rather like a petrified brontosaurus backbone—before dropping to the Calf Creek Campground. This site is highly recommended for an overnight, as well as for the hike to Lower Calf Creek Falls. The easy, 24-mile out-and-back (12 miles each way) takes place within the 1.7-million-acre Grand Staircase–Escalante National Monument. The monument, designated by President Clinton in 1996, is unique in that it is administered by the Bureau of Land Management; all other national monuments are under the jurisdiction of the National Park Service. Devil’s Garden, the suggested turnaround, has picnic tables, a restroom, and a short hiking/nature trail.
Mountain Bike! Southern Utah

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Mountain Bike! Southern Utah

by Michael McCoy (Menasha Ridge Press)

The drive to get to this ride’s trailhead from Boulder is unforgettable—surely one of the most scenic drives in the nation. From slickrock-engulfed Boulder, whose irrigated green fields clash magnificently with the surrounding rock, you eventually negotiate a knife-edge ridge road—rather like a petrified brontosaurus backbone—before dropping to the Calf Creek Campground. This site is highly recommended for an overnight, as well as for the hike to Lower Calf Creek Falls.

The easy, 24-mile out-and-back (12 miles each way) takes place within the 1.7-million-acre Grand Staircase–Escalante National Monument. The monument, designated by President Clinton in 1996, is unique in that it is administered by the Bureau of Land Management; all other national monuments are under the jurisdiction of the National Park Service. Devil’s Garden, the suggested turnaround, has picnic tables, a restroom, and a short hiking/nature trail.

©  Michael McCoy/Menasha Ridge Press. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Mountain Biking
Nearby City: Escalante
Distance: 24
Elevation Gain: Minimal
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Technical Difficulty: Easy
Physical Difficulty: Easy
Season: April through May; September through October
Local Contacts: Escalante Interagency Visitor Center, 435-826-5499
Local Maps: Obtain the fold-out map distributed free of charge by the BLM; DeLorme Utah Atlas & Gazetteer, pages 19 and 20
Driving Directions: Directions to Hole-in-the-Rock Road

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