Scenic USA - Utah

Each day Scenic USA presents a new and interesting photo feature from somewhere in the United States. Chosen from a wide variety
of historic sites, city scenes, backcountry byways, points of interest and America's best parklands, this site offers the viewer hundreds
of unique vacation destinations and photographic subjects. Each feature is coupled with a brief explanation. For further detailed
information, links to other sites are provided, but are never to be considered an endorsement.



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Points of Interest

Hells Backbone

Zebra Canyon

Red Breaks

Jacob Hamblin Arch

The Hogback

Grosvenor Arch

Lower Calf Creek Falls

Escalante National Monument







Dance Hall Rock

Dance Hall Rock - Utah

Photo by Cecil Whitt
Wilderness Spirit Photography

     Few places in the world match Utah's striking landscapes and dramatic canyonlands. Sculpted by windblown sand and powerful water currents, many of these spectacular cathedral-like domes, soaring cliff walls and slickrock mountains are on display in the immense Grand Staircase - Escalante National Monument.
     A land thoroughly explored by mid 19th century Mormons, the Hole-in-the-Rock Road is one of the most popular back-country routes in the national monument today. Escalante Signboard Still a challenging drive, this 62 mile route lead Mormon pioneers from the town of Escalante through the Hole-in-the-Rock (a narrow crevice, the only breach in the sheer cliff-face, used to lower their wagons down to the river), then ferried their wagons across the Colorado River and up Cottonwood Canyon to the town of Bluff.
     About 42 miles south of Escalante, back-country travelers will find Dance Hall Rock. This large sandstone amphitheater made a wonderful campsite for weary pioneers. Accompanied by the music of violins, Mormons entertained themselves and danced away their worries.
     On a cautionary note, this road is not routinely patrolled by any agency. Hole-in-the-Rock Road travelers are warned that the road may become impassable during heavy storms, even when using a four wheel drive vehicle. The Hole-in-the-Rock Road ends at the drop-off into modern day Lake Powell.

   Hole-in-the-Rock Road Map


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