Escalante, UT


Escalante is a city in Garfield County, Utah, United States located along Utah Scenic Byway 12 (SR-12) in the South-Central part of the state. As of the 2010 census, there were 797 people residing in the city. The city is named after Silvestre Vélez de Escalante, a Franciscan missionary and a member of the first European expedition into southern Utah. The nearest towns are Boulder which is 27 miles (43 km) to the northeast on SR-12, and Henrieville which is 30 miles (48 km) to the southwest.

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

Escalante, Utah

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.
Escalante is located in south central Utah off Hwy 12. It is about 50 miles east of Bryce Canyon National Park and 75 miles south of
Capitol Reef National Park.

Escalante is a small ranching town along the Escalante River. In all directions is wild, uninhabited and beautiful land. Indeed, though it has only 850 residents it is the largest town for 70 miles around.

To the north of town is the high alpine wilderness of the Aquarius Plateau and
Boulder Mountain; to the south and east lie rugged red rock desert canyons of the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument.

The town of Escalante features tidy rows of well kept homes and a sleepy main street with a few cafes,grocery stores, activity outfitters and motels.

It's a convenient base for exploring the nice recreational opportunities in the surrounding areas. You can hike or fish on the
Aquarius Plateau or explore the magnificently rugged and pristine Grand Staircase National Monument. On the outskirts of town is Escalante Petrified Forest State Park.

The Escalante Petrified Forest State Park is located to the west of the city. Portions of the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument (GSENM) abut much of the city's limits. The Hole-in-the-Rock Road, which begins 5 mi (8.0 km) east of Escalante, is the main access road into the eastern section of Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument. The road leads to the Canyons of the Escalante, the
Devil's Garden and the Hole-in-the-Rock.
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