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Jun 21, 2018 - Green River to Escalante

Green River to Escalante Day 25—Wednesday June 20, 2018 Facing a long day (169 miles) of narrow highway with some steep sections we pulled out of the Green River KOA at 8:20 am and headed west on I-70. We turned south on UT 24 about 14 miles west of Green River. The terrain was mostly barren with some interesting sandstone formations as we headed south; we bypassed Goblin Valley State Park which we visited last year. About 44 miles south of I-70 we reached Hanksville at the intersection with UT 95 and turned west. Going west took us through...

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May 7, 2017 - Arches, Reefs, Forests and a Good Bit of Nothing

An early morning for all today, especially Joe and Mary. The Helperns were rolling at 6 am headed for Arches Natl Park to watch the sunrise. Dennis and Cherie opted for an extra hour of sleep and the free hotel breakfast and we all met up at Arches at 8am. That was a good plan as Arches is very popular this time of year and is partially closed due to road construction. So we were lucky to beat the crowds who were lined up to get in as we were leaving. A great ride through an incredibly unique place. Hit the road through a lot of pretty...

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Oct 13, 2016 - Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument, UT

Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument is a relatively new part of the NPS, established in 1996. We left Torrey and drove southward into the Dixie National Forrest and up over Boulder Mountain. There was a serious climb up the mountain and some great views, and then some tense descents down the other side. I was wondering about whether we should be planning our routes more carefully, but these ups and downs are part of the deal wherever you go in Utah. After we left Dixie National Forrest we entered the Grand Staircase Escalante...

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Jun 26, 2016 - Weekend

Friday was our chore day. Just like at home housekeeping has to be done so we cleaned and washed. Fortunately for me Carrol's middle name is Maytag. She loves to do wash-- says it relaxes her. I relax by putting my feet up and reading. We are lucky there is a free laundry on the property where we are camping. We've probably saved $500 by now. When our neighbors, Juanita and Joe, got home from their volunteer work day, we headed out to Panguitch Lake and to tour some available campgrounds. We also went off road entering a grove of aspen...

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Jun 25, 2016 - Scenic Byway 12

Utah State Route 12 is located near the north end of the Grand Staircase–Escalante NM in southern Utah. Highway 12 is the 2nd on the list of “Most Beautiful Highways in the World“. It was named an “All American Road” in 2002. The spectacular scenic Highway is book ended by two national parks: Bryce Canyon National Park & Capitol Reef National Park and took nearly 40 years to complete. Proceeding west to east for 122 miles, the highway starts south of Panguitch at an intersection with US-89, crosses part of Dixie National Forest and Bryce...

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2016 RV Adventure

Sep 7, 2014 - Scenic Byway Utah Route 12

State Route 12 or Scenic Byway 12 (SR-12), also known as "Highway 12 — A Journey Through Time Scenic Byway", is a state highway designated an All-American Road located in Garfield County and Wayne County, Utah. Proceeding west to east for 122 miles, the highway starts south of Panguitch at an intersection with US-89, crosses part of Dixie National Forest and Bryce Canyon National Park, continues through the small towns of Tropic, Cannonville, and Henrieville. It crosses various parts of Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument(GS-ENM),...

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2014 RV Adventure

Jul 15, 2014 - Visit Escalante

For the afternoon, we drove out to Escalante to where I had spent many childhood summers with my family. I found the old property and was amazed that a fancy Bed and Breakfast and Dinner restaurant had been built there. I had the urge to find out more so we found the entrance and drove up to the office.

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May 4, 2014 - Grand Staircase Escalante and Capitol Reef National Forest Utah

Hello All! Hope this finds you well. We pick up at the Grand Staircase/Escalante. We found a Forest site to camp and since we are self contained, it was free! This forest is known for the slot canyons. We hiked to four of them. Zebra, Peek-a-Boo, Spooky and Coyote Gulch. Slot canyons are narrow and deep. Sometimes requiring you to 'Stem'. We learned what that means...the canyon is too narrow to walk, so you put your back against one wall, and your feet against the other and scoot along till it opens up again. it works very well, Kelly is a...

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Jul 3, 2013 - Cortez to Escalante, CO

We had 314 miles to go today, from Cortez, CO to Escalante, UT. Ingrid, we thought of you when we went through the town of "Yellow Jacket"! (she hates yellow jackets) There was so much beautiful scenery all day! It was hard for me not to put 50 pictures on the site for today, of the 181 I took! (plus 48 videos) It was such beautiful country all day. We arrived at our campground in Escalante a little after 4:00 and this was a real campground, not an RV park. It was just our kind of place! It was so nice outside (not too hot and not windy)...

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Oct 26, 2012 - Anasazi State Park & Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument

It’s almost back-to-back parkland in this part of Utah with several contiguous national park/monument/recreation areas. We drove Utah-12, a scenic byway through the Dixie National Forest and parts of the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument. A section of the road follows part of the land-based second John Wesley Powell expedition of 1871. Powell himself led the party through the Green and Colorado Rivers to the mouth of the Paria River in 1871. Then he sent his brother-in-law, Almon H. Thompson, overland to map this uncharted...

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May 22, 2012 - From Virgin to Escalante

May 22 A day spent in awe of the glory of God, exhibited in God’s creations of nature. We drove through Zion National Park, through Dixie National Forest, and alongside of Bryce Canyon National Park. I took 120 pictures. Ron took about 20 more. Plus a couple of videos of the panarama of the skyline. Just impossible to describe, and the pictures I’m posting do not do justice to what we actually saw. We would drive around a bend, believing we had already seen the best that these places had to offer, only to find something new and amazing. The...

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May 3, 2012 - Escalante Slots!

Today we hiked Dry Fork Coyote Gulch. This is a remote canyon in the Escalante reached via 40 miles of thoroughly washboarded dirt road! We arrived at the trail head in one piece - more or less - and hiked down into a dry wash that runs for several miles and hides slot canyons with names like Dry Fork Narrows, Peek-a-boo gulch and Spooky gulch, among others. We explored all three of these slots and actually learned ALL ABOUT slot canyons! Each is fascinating in it's own way, from bright, high walls where two can walk side by side, to the...

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