Boulder, Utah was the last place in the continental US to receive its mail via mule train for good reason. Early attempts to build a road from Escalante were heroic and tracks still remain chiseled across unforgiving slickrock. Anasazi Indians must have loved this place as attested by their numerous petroglyphs and shelters. A large sandstone arch is another scenic attraction. A slickrock playland of colorful red and white sandstone domes invites you to scramble and discover hidden recesses. A optional climb to the top of sandstone mesa rewards us with awesome views over some of the finest of the Escalante Canyons. One wonders how anyone ever considered building a road across such rugged terrain – one narrow gorge is crossed via a crib of pinion and juniper logs. Dropping into the canyon of the lovely Escalante River is a pleasant finish, particularly on a hot day. Returning to our shuttle car on the new road – Highway 12, we can take an optional climb to see more petroglyphs.
Tour Quick Info
Moderate, Difficult if you want to do some slickrock scrambling to top of mesa.
3-4 miles, more if you like; we will do a shuttle, leaving your car at the trailhead.
Colorful Slickrock, Waterpockets, Historic Road, Petroglyphs, Indian Ruins, Arch, Big Views, Escalante River, Riparian Forest
Escalante Canyon, Utah
Private Tour Rates:
$450 for 1-2 guests
$550 for 3 guests
$650 for 4 guests
$700 for 5 guests
Ask Keith about discounted rates for groups of more than 5 guests.