Our 43 mile trip from Kodachrome Basin SP to Escalante, UT was again a short one but full of scenery. Utah Highway 12 starts just west of Red Canyon and continues through the Grand Staircase Escalante all the way up past Torrey, UT near Capitol Reef National Park. It is Utah's only American Scenic Route and is just unbelievable. There is something new around every corner. Of course you pay for this by driving some healthy grades and very narrow roads on the sides of mountains at time. Our last two trips have been along this route and it will continue as we head to Torrey tomorrow.
We are staying at the Broken Bow RV Park in Escalante. We have full hookups with 50 amps, WiFi and so-so Verizon coverage. Our particular site has a tree in the wrong place so I had to set up the tripod to get DirecTV. The campground is very rudimentary with small sites but will suffice for our stay. The wind has been howling since we arrived with very heavy occasional gusts. Not conducive to spending any time sitting around outside!
Saturday was Escalante Heritage Day and they were celebrating all over town. Doris had to go to the craft show after we set up so off we went to the high school. We arrived to a pretty full parking lot but once inside it only took about five minutes as there were only eight tables with crafts!!
Sunday we headed for Devil's Garden. To get there we had to go about five miles outside of Escalante and then take the gravel Hole in the Rock Road 13 miles back into the Escalante Grand Staircase to get to the short trail to Devil's Garden. What a surprise this was. You top a little rise and then there it is - all of these formations they let you hike out into and around and on if you desire. I know I included a lot of pictures of these formations but they were so wonderful I couldn't resist.
After coming back from Devil's Garden, we drove around town looking at ALL of the homes. They have a little brochure telling you the location and everything about the historic homes. Over half of the homes in Escalante were originally built around 1880-1920. Most of these are still being used but some are falling down and many have been restored. Many were original adobe buildings that have since been covered with siding of some type. Surprisingly many of the brick homes have also been covered with siding.
We head to Torrey, UT tomorrow for a three night stay to visit Capitol Reef National Park.