Hole-in-the-Rock Road is a dirt and gravel road with a length of 57 miles (one way) located east-southeast from the town of Escalante in southern Utah in the western United States. It’s suitable for passenger cars in good weather but 4WD is required for last 7 miles.
The unpaved sections of the road can be impassable when wet. After rain, sections of road can become decidedly hazardous when fast-flowing creek crossings and slippery mud can cause road closures. Hole-in-the-Rock Road was built in 1879 and is a dirt road, wide and quite well maintained and is passable for most vehicles during good weather.
This is a maintained road where a high clearance 2WD vehicle is able to travel safely at low speeds on long dry straight-of-ways, without losing control due to wash boarding, ruts, or dips. Beginning 5 miles east of Escalante off Scenic Byway12, the 57-mile-long Hole-in-the-Rock Road closely follows the route taken by Mormon pioneers in 1879–80 in an attempt to establish a shortcut across the Colorado River between established communities in the center of the state and the Four Corners area.
This road is very exciting and sometimes very exposed and unsecured driveway in innumerable twists and turns. It provides access to a number of recreational and historic sites in both Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument and Glen Canyon National Recreation Area. Devil’s Garden and the Dry Fork slot canyons are popular recreational destinations. Visitors interested in pioneer history should see Dance Hall Rock and Hole-in the-Rock at the end of the road.
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