Adventure awaits in any direction you chose. Your not only surrounded by the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, you're in the heart of Utah's National Park country, Capitol Reef National Park, Bryce Canyon National Park, Zion National Park, and Glen Canyon National Recreation Area are just a stones throw away.
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If you are here for 2-nights 1-full day, this is what I suggest.
Leave early, by 8 a.m. and go do Calf Creek Falls. @15 miles from Escalante EAST on Hwy-12. From the Campground this is about a 3-hour, out and back hike. Relative easy hike. Then head over to Boulder and have lunch at The Burr Trail Grill. Then do The BURR Trail Then head back to Escalante. In Escalante grab some pizza, a salad or a sandwich and head down to Devils Rock Garden. There are picnic tables there where you can watch the sunset and watch the stars come out!
Spooky and Peek-A-Boo slot Canyons. About 5-hours from The INN down and back... a totally fun hike. I would say this is a moderate hike. There are downhills/uphills and the slots are 12” in spots. In case you are wondering if you’ll make it through, we have not found a skeleton down there yet. Best to do the very first thing in the morning. It gets hot and crowded at times.
Zebra Slot Canyon. A relatively easy slot canyon hike. At the 3rd cattle guard, turn off Hole in the Rock Road, this is about 3-hours, in and out hike. The slot does get narrow so plan ahead. Relative easy walk BUT once again, best done in the early morning
There are a lot of other hikes you can combine. Do this one, not that one etc.
As with any and all hikes, it is BEST to check with the BLM to get the latest in Road Conditions and weather. PLENTY of water is always advisable. Know your ability and let someone know where you are going and your expected return time. Be safe out there. The Desert is extremely beautiful but to the unprepared and novice hiker, it can be very dangerous.
Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument Managers of roughly two million of the most beautifull acres in Southern Utah.
Bryce Canyon National Park Famous for its pink cliffs, soaring hoodoos, and spectacular vistas.
Capitol Reef National Park Geology on display throughout the Waterpocket Fold and the Cathedral Desert.
Glen Canyon National Recreation Area Slickrock landscape which includes the canyons and Lake Powell.
Dixie National Forest Mountain forest surrounding Escalante. Great fishing, wildlife viewing and exploring.