Hole-in-the-Rock Road Drive Professional Review and Guide
"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."