Escalante, UT

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Escalante featuring street scenes, tranquil scenes and desert views

Use this humble town as a peaceful base for exploring the forest and lake in this immense region of canyons.

Escalante is a charming city in the midst of a picturesque forest and the otherworldly rock formations of Utah’s canyons. Its iconic red cliffs and valleys fill the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, which has the largest land area of any U.S. monument. Bring the whole family to explore the scenic area via a series of postcard-pretty treks.

Get to know the local culture in this peaceful town and enjoy the views of sprawling fields and mountains. Stay at one of the roadside motels or hotels just off the main street. Admire the works of art on display in the Serenidad Gallery.

Take the Hole-in-the-Rock Road to access the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, which is composed of the Grand Staircase, the Kaiparowits Plateau and the Canyons of the Escalante. The staircase is known for its colorful cliffs, while the Escalante is made up of caves and jagged rocks.

Snap photos of some of the unusual rock formations, including the lined walls of Willis Creek, the Devil’s Garden and the various cliffs and arches. Go camping in Kodachrome Basin State Park and climb Canaan Peak for spectacular views of the surrounding forest and canyons.

Just northwest of Escalante is the Wide Hollow Reservoir in the Escalante Petrified Forest State Park. Rent a canoe or standup paddleboard to take out on the water. Chat with locals to hear about the haunting legends surrounding the park.

Note that the city takes its name from Franciscan missionary Silvestre Vélez de Escalante, who was part of the first European trip to Southern Utah. Find Escalante in Southern Utah’s Garfield County. It is 28 miles (45 kilometers) southwest of Boulder and 30 miles (48 kilometers) northeast of Henrieville. Fly to Salt Lake City International Airport and drive south for 285 miles (459 kilometers) to get here in about 5 hours.

Have a great outdoor vacation in and around Escalante, a tranquil town enclosed by mesmerizing peaks and canyon troughs.

Canyon Country Lodge
Canyon Country Lodge
2.5 out of 5
760 E Highway 12, Escalante, UT
The price is $115 per night from Jan 1 to Jan 1
Situated in Escalante, this hotel is 1 mi (1.6 km) from Boulder Mail Trailhead and 1.8 mi (2.9 km) from Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument. Escalante ...
4.7/5 Exceptional! (590 reviews)
"Great location. Wonderful to watch the sun rise on the mountains from our balcony. ❤️"

Reviewed on Nov 26, 2021

Canyon Country Lodge
Entrada Escalante Lodge
Entrada Escalante Lodge
2.5 out of 5
480 W Main St, Escalante, UT
The price is $159 per night from Dec 9 to Dec 9
Situated near the airport, this lodge is within 3 mi (5 km) of Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, Escalante Petrified Forest State Park, and Boulder ...
4.9/5 Exceptional! (195 reviews)
"Great stay in Escalante, spacious room with kitchen, gas grill and a backyard with an amazing view. Hosts are quick to respond to any requests you have."

Reviewed on Nov 27, 2021

Entrada Escalante Lodge
Cowboy Country Inn
Cowboy Country Inn
2 out of 5
25 South 100 West, Escalante, UT
Situated near the airport, this hotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, Escalante Petrified Forest State Park, and Boulder ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (230 reviews)
"Clean and quiet. Loved the horse-themed room."

Reviewed on Oct 15, 2021

Cowboy Country Inn
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Red Rock Ranch Log Cabin: Large, Fully Furnished, 5 Bdr, sleeps 12, 3 levels
Red Rock Ranch Log Cabin: Large, Fully Furnished, 5 Bdr, sleeps 12, 3 levels
Escalante, UT
Situated in Escalante, this cabin is 1.2 mi (1.9 km) from Boulder Mail Trailhead and 1.7 mi (2.8 km) from Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument. Escalante ...
4.6/5 Wonderful! (7 reviews)
Escalante Escape
"Accurate listing."

Reviewed on Oct 6, 2021

Red Rock Ranch Log Cabin: Large, Fully Furnished, 5 Bdr, sleeps 12, 3 levels
Two Bit Ranch House
Two Bit Ranch House
Escalante, UT
Situated in a rural location, this vacation home is within 3 mi (5 km) of Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, Escalante Petrified Forest State Park, ...
5/5 Exceptional! (28 reviews)
Comfortable for family/friends gathering
"We enjoyed out stay. The location is convenient to many hikes, very quiet neighborhood and beautiful views from the backyard patio. The kitchen has everything you might need and comfortable common areas. The grill makes cooking easy and the outdoor seating area is a great place to eat and spend time ..."

Reviewed on Nov 16, 2021

Two Bit Ranch House
Escalante Cabins & RV Park
Escalante Cabins & RV Park
2 out of 5
680 W Main Street, Escalante, UT
Situated in Escalante, this cabin is within 3 mi (5 km) of Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, Escalante Petrified Forest State Park, and Boulder Mail ...
4.6/5 Wonderful! (216 reviews)
"Darling room, however there was no place to set or put anything. The functionality of the room would be greatly improved with a nightstand and a dresser as well as some hangers in the small closet space. From the photos we were unable to tell that it was set up as a tiny home with an almost unusable ..."

Reviewed on Nov 28, 2021

Escalante Cabins & RV Park
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