Eastern Mojave Vegetation Hole-in-the-Rock Scenic Byway  


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  Utah, Garfield County, Hole-In-The-Rock
Photograph taken June 7, 2008.

Hole-in-the-Rock Scenic Byway
It took pioneers 6 weeks to travel this route, but today you can drive in approsimately 6 hours. Drive the forgotten route to famous Hole-in-the-Rock located on the cliffs high above Lake Powell.
An Impossible Trek
In 1879 the Mormon Church formed the San Juan Mission to colonize southeastern Utah. Over 200 people responded to the call and gathered in Escalante to pioneer a direct route to the San Juan Country.
With 83 wagons and hundreds of head of livestock they traveled over seemingly impassible terrain to fulfill their mission. The most notable feat was the cutting of a road down Hole-in-the-Rock a narrow notch in the 1,200 foot cliff above the Colorado River.
Building the road down Hole-in-the-Rock required six weeks. The entire 270 mile journey, which ended at present day Bluff, Utah, took six months.
Hole-in-the-Rock Scenic Backway takes you into a very remote and beautiful area. Because of the remoteness, travellers are advised to take plenty of water and a full tank of gas. This road may be impassable when wet. If you are unsure, please check with the Escalante Interagency Office before proceeding.
55 miles to Hole-in-the-Rock, high-clearance vehicle required last 5 miles.

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