Escalante Sports & Activities

Larger than most national parks at 1.7 million acres, the Grand Staircase–Escalante National Monument is popular with backpackers and hard-core mountain-bike enthusiasts. You can explore the rocky landscape, which represents some of America's last wilderness, via dirt roads with a four-wheel-drive vehicle; most roads depart from Highway 12. Roadside views into the monument are most impressive from Highway 12 between Escalante and Boulder. It costs nothing to enter the park, but fees apply for camping and backcountry permits.


Hell's Backbone Road. For a scenic and challenging mountain-bike ride, follow the 44-mile Hell's Backbone Road from Panguitch to the Escalante...


Lower Escalante River. Some of the best backcountry hiking in the area lies 15 miles east of Escalante on Route 12, where the Lower Escalante...


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