Escalante Utah Hiking Trails are the Best!
Escalante and Boulder serve as your base camp to the most unspoiled, pristine and scenic land in the Southwest. It’s not just the size, scale or diversity of the hiking here, it’s all three! The colorful-twisting slot canyons, striated sandstone domes, distant mesas…they’re here! The deep red canyons with spring fed streams, flowing under the shade of brilliant green cottonwood tree, are here. The sandstone arches and bridges that defy gravity while displaying the beauty and power of Nature’s force’s, are here. That's what Escalante Utah hiking trails are all about.
The ability to see it all, to see the best, in its unspoiled condition, is here.
There are some marked trails on the Monument, but not a lot. Certainly there are enough to basic hikes to wow visitors, such as Calf Creek Falls or Devils Garden. However, it quickly becomes apparent that this massive area is relatively trail-less. Hikers will not only need their “basics” they must also be skilled with map reading and be familiar with the risks associated with hiking in remote areas. Access is often on dirt/mud roads and conditions change rapidly. Be prepared with extra food and water, good spare tire, shovel, and tow strap.
Information about hiking on or off trail in the Monument and the necessary permits can be obtained at the Escalante Interagency Offices in downtown Escalante. Maps, suggested hikes, and information on current conditions can all be found there. There are also several guidebooks specifically on our area and these can be a good “additional” source of information.
-Michael Kelsey. Hiking on the Colorado Plateau 2nd edition
-Steve Allen. Canyoneering III
PO Box 1426
Boulder, UT 84716
125 E. Main Street
P.O. Box 207
Escalante, UT 84726