Recreation

Garfield County is home to both Dixie National Forest and the Escalante Grand Staircase monument.

The landscape is filled with classic western adventure for those wishing to stay on, or off, the beaten path.

HIKING

For more ideas, please visit the visitor centers along Byway 12 in Escalante or Cannonville.

100 Hands Panel Escalante

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Mossy Cave

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Peek-a-boo Spook Brimeston Escalante

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Petrified Forest Escalante

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The Golden Cathedral Escalante

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Upper Calf Creek Falls Escalante

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Willis Creek Escalante

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Zebra Tunnel Escalante

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Lower Calf Creek Escalante

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Devils Garden Escalante

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Kodachrome

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Hell's Backbone Scenic Drive

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Grosvenor Arch

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Escalante Natural Bridge Escalante

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Cottonwood Wash Narrows

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Bryce Canyon National Park Hikes

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SCENIC DRIVES & BYWAYS

Be sure to check at the visitor’s center for road conditions, especially during bad weather.

Scenic Byway 12 – Also known as All American Byway 12, this drive spans more than 120 miles through diverse and ruggedly beautiful landscapes. This road runs through Red Canyon State Park providing beautiful views and picture-perfect opportunities.

Scenic Byway 143 – This drive is a 55-mile course between Panguitch and Parowan, Utah. It is also called Utah’s Patchwork Parkway, describing the historical story of pioneers walking on quilts as they crossed to Parowan.

Scenic Highway 89 – Scenic Highway 89 is part of the Utah Heritage Highway 89. The road passes through the western section of the area and connects travelers from Zion National Park to the north rim of the Grand Canyon.

Burr Trail Road – A 66-mile scenic backway winding through the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, Capitol Reef National Park, and the Glen Canyon National Recreation Area.

Posey Lake / Pine Creek Scenic Backway – A single lane dirt and gravel road through the Dixie National Forest, where access to hiking, fishing, hunting, and mountain biking are abundant along the way. It begins in Escalante.

Hole-in-the-Rock Scenic Backway – Four-wheel drive is recommended for this trail. A 56-mile distance with access to Devil’s Garden, Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, and several hiking trailheads.

Hell’s Backbone Road – A dramatic loop connecting Escalante with Byway 12/ This road is 44-miles and high clearance vehicles are recommended.

 

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