- Home to breathtaking slot canyons and scenic waterfalls.
- Explore the area by foot, or spend the day Mountain Biking.
- Popular area campgrounds include Deer Creek and Calf Creek Falls Recreation Area.
Visitors come to the Escalante Canyons for a chance to experience some of the most breathtaking scenery in the American southwest including the Escalante River, sheer cliffs, sandstone arches, and uplifted plateaus. Popular activities include camping, mountain biking, and hiking.
Location & Information
The Escalante Canyons are accessible via two main roads. If approaching from the west, take Rock Road. If approaching from the east, take Burr Trail.
The Escalante Canyons can be accessed year-round, though mid-July through mid-September is the monsoon season, and afternoon thunderstorms are common. Flashfloods are a concern during this time of year.
Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument
The Escalante Canyons are home to some of the most spectacular hiking trails in the southwest. Popular Trails Include:
- Lower Calf Creek Falls
For quick access to a classic hike in the Escalante Canyons, head to Lower Calf Creek Falls trail. The 5.5 miles trail follows a scenic creek at the bottom of a breathtaking canyon, culminating with a view of a 126 foot waterfall.
- Peek-a-boo and spooky gulches Trail
This moderate 3.5 mile hike boasts quick access to Escalante’s famous slot canyons. This is a great introduction to slot canyon hiking as no technical equipment or route finding is necessary.
Escalante Canyons are home to several scenic campgrounds.
- Deer Creek
Located on a scenic creek, this campground is home to six tent sites. Limited facilities are available, sites run $7 per night.
- Calf Creek Falls Recreation Area
13 sites located in the bottom of a scenic canyon. Water and restrooms are available. Sites run $10 per night.
- Backcountry Camping
Backcountry camping is allowed in the area, but you must obtain a free overnight permit. Remember to camp in previously used spots, follow leave no trace practices, and pack out all waste.
These canyons are a mountain bikers paradise. Popular trails include:
- Fifty Mile-Bench
This challenging 27 mile route boasts breathtaking views of the Escalante River Canyons, Henry Mountains and Glen Canyon Country.
Though this route is 20 miles round trip, it only has 300 feet of elevation gain, so those in reasonably good shape should be able to complete the trip. Highlights include scenic sandstone formations and breathtaking views of the Escalante River Canyons.