Escalante, UT

Escalante, Utah

Escalante is located along Scenic Byway 12 in the South-Central part of the state. With just around 850 population, it offers dark skies, clear air, and an incredibly quiet and peaceful setting. It's named after Silvestre Vélez de Escalante, a Franciscan missionary and a member of the first European expedition into southern Utah. The closest big city is Cedar City or Richfield, about 2 hours away.

Home of the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument and the Dixie National Forest!

Escalante is surrounded by the mountains, cliffs, flats, washes and sandstone canyons of the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument (GSENM) and the Dixie National Forest. It is about 50 miles east of Bryce Canyon National Park and 75 miles south of Capitol Reef National Park.

The town of Escalante features quaint pioneer homes, along with some new construction, and vacation homes. Main St. has several restaurants, grocery stores, outfitters & plenty of options for lodging.

It's a convenient base for exploring the incredible recreational opportunities in the surrounding areas. You can hike or fish on the
Aquarius Plateau or explore the magnificently rugged and pristine canyons.

A medical clinic with a pharmacy is on the East part of town, along with a part-time dental facility. Elevation is 5700 feet, with clean air, and definitily a remote feeling as it was one of the last areas to be mapped in the U.S. Escalante has a wonderful small town community feeling that keep residents enjoying their slow pace life, along with the beauty and recreation that brings the tourists from all over the world.

The climate in Escalante is mild and arid with annual rainfall averaging about 10 inches. Summer time highs are mid 90's with thunderstorms typical and cooler evenings. Flash floods can happen quickly, so it's best to be prepared for all types of weather in the summer. Winters are much milder than most of the Northern part of the state. Temperatures average in the 25-40 degree range, with about 28 inches of snow from about November to March.

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