It’s been a hot minute since we’ve shared about our adventures. Between the two week road trip getting out of Alaska, through Canada (stopping for two nights at the incomparable Liard Hot Springs!!!) and motoring down through Montana, Idaho, and arriving at our final destination to spend a month workamping at Canyons Bed & Breakfast in Escalante, Utah, it’s been a bit of a whirlwind. Those 3,380 miles don’t happen by themselves!
Since then, we’ve gotten to see several sets of friends from North Carolina, making a stop in Missoula, Montana, and also here in Escalante. It’s so fantastic to see friends, catch up on our adventures, and swap stories.
Now that we’ve been in Utah a few months, we’ve done a ton of exploring, made some new friends, fulfilled our workamping tasks, and eaten some amazing pizza (seriously, pizza is like crack for us and Escalante Outfitters has the BEST pizza we’ve ever eaten).
Also, since it’s been a hot minute since we wrote a proper blogpost, don’t forget that we post a fair amount on our Yukon & Bean page over on Facebook. If you want to see additional photos and videos, head over there!
There was a moment when we considered figuring out how to stay in Escalante (like, move here permanently). It’s gorgeous here with unlimited opportunities to play outside. The folks here are super nice and welcoming, there’s a nice variety of restaurants, a neighborhood bar (4th West Pub), and did we mention the pizza? The only things lacking are year-round opportunities (we found out most of the town shuts down for the winter, which is a total bummer) and a really good grocery store. Plus, we’re not quite ready to stop traveling yet!
AND – we’ve enjoyed our time here and plan to come back and explore more.
Here’s what we’ve done and seen so far in the Escalante area:
- Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument (which is what most of this entire area encompasses) and BLM land that used to be part of GSENM before our p.o.s. President cut it apart. From a National Geographic article about Grand Staircase and Bears Ears [“President Trump’s December decision to scale back two national monuments in Utah took effect on February 2. Bears Ears National Monument has been reduced to 16 percent, and Grand Staircase-Escalante to a little over half of its original size. As legal challenges to the decision make their way through the courts, portions of the land that were excised from the monument by the Trump administration will again be open to claims under the General Mining Law of 1872.”]
- Escalante Canyons Arts Festival (its 15th year!)
- Bryce Canyon National Park
- Capitol Reef National Park (FB video)
- Dixie National Forest
- Hell’s Backbone
- Hole-in-the-Rock Road. This 62 mile (one way) dirt road is a main artery to FUN! There are slot canyons, natural arches and bridges (FB video), hoodoo gardens, enormous valleys and canyons, creekbeds to drive through and explore (when they are dry), dinosaur tracks, cattle drives (there are free-range cattle everywhere around here), washes, mule deer, and of course the famous hole-in-the-rock where those crazy mormons cut a path down the canyon wall in order to cross the Colorado River in 1880.
- Devil’s Garden
- ancient granaries
- dinosaur tracks (FB video)
- various dirt roads leading who knows where (this is our FAVORITE kind of exploring)
There’s TONS of information on Google for all of the named destinations in and around Escalante. Then there’s the fun of discovery – driving down the dirt road leading off of Highway 12 and just seeing where it goes (perhaps to a place rich in moqui marbles or to the cliff edge of a deep gorge protected by four stand-alone Hoodoos). We’ll just whet your whistle by showing you some of our photos of the places we’ve been. Enjoy the video AND the photo gallery!