CANYONS OF THE ESCALANTE FROM HOLE-IN-THE-ROCK ROAD

Hole-in-the-Rock Road is a dirt track that runs 55 miles from the town of Escalante, Utah to the edge of a cliff. It follows the route of 1879 Mormon pioneers. When they reached the cliff, they lowered their wagons and mules with ropes through a cleft. The feat is made all the more amazing by the fact that their goal was to reach Blanding, Utah. An infinity of canyons leading to the Escalante River is accessible east of the road. The slickrock canyons contrast with the dry plateau above. Water flows everywhere with abundant plant life. Narrows and slots offer interesting hikes. It's hard to imagine a more perfect environment. The last image shows the view of Lake Powell from Hole in the Rock. Although the final section of the road involved challenging climbs over slickrock, I did find the oligatory Volkswagon bus parked at the end.

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