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Few places can rival Escalante’s access to stunning, wild landscapes right outside your backdoor. Located on Southern Utah’s world-famous Scenic Highway 12, Escalante is a short one-hour drive to Bryce Canyon National Park and only an hour and a half to Capitol Reef National Park. The Escalante Petrified Forest State Park is just two miles west of town and Kodachrome State Park and Anasazi State Park Museum are both less than an hour away. Grand Staircase - Escalante National Monument borders the town to the west, south, and east, and Dixie National Forest borders Escalante to the north. Hole in the Rock Road, a major access point for recreation on the Grand Staircase -Escalante National Monument & Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, starts just five miles east of town.

Within a half-hour of leaving Escalante you can be exploring a desert slot canyon, casting a fly onto a mountain lake or stream, walking among colorful prehistoric petrified wood, mountain biking forested trails, or finding your own bit of magic in and around Escalante.

Within Grand Staircase - Escalante National Monument, mountain bike riding is limited to designated roads, which include many inviting old two-track roads that traverse rarely traveled corners of the land, making for epic bike-packing possibilities. Single-track trails await adventurous riders on the Dixie National Forest, and the Escalante Petrified Forest State Park has recently established several well-groomed single-track biking trails. Check the local shops for newly printed trail maps.

Escalante and Boulder, Utah have some of the clearest night skies in the country! You can always find a great spot to set up your camera and have an unobstructed view of the Milky Way. The natural beauty here is endless, even the most amateur photographer can get a great shot. From endless vistas to amazing details in the slick rock, everywhere you look is a photographer's dream.

There are hundreds of miles of fishing streams and dozens of fishable lakes on the Dixie National Forest, the Escalante River is possible to float in Pack Rafts or Inflatable Kayaks during high water years in the spring, and at the Escalante Petrified Forest State Park, Wide Hollow Reservoir offers a great place to take out a paddleboard or kayak and swim on hot summer days.

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