Grand-Staircase Escalante National Monument, Hole in the Rock
Location: Mile 56 Hole in the Rock Road (dirt), Escalante, Utah
Length of visit: Half hour
Major draws: Historic site, views of Lake Powell, scenic drive
Strenuosity: 4 out of 10
Additional considerations: High clearance vehicle required
Description: Site where Mormon pioneers blasted road to Escalante River in winter 1880. Short walk to overlook, but rock scrambling required to access Lake Powell.
Grand-Staircase Escalante National Monument, Coyote Gulch
Location: Mile 36 Hole in the Rock Road (dirt), Escalante, Utah
Length of visit: 8-10 hours
Major draws: Arches, natural bridge, canyon hiking
Strenuosity: 9 out of 10
Additional considerations: Scrambling required, wading, flash floods, high clearance vehicle required
Description: 13.5 mile loop hike into Coyote Gulch from end of Forty Mile Ridge Road (7 miles, high clearance required) passes cliff dwellings, waterfalls, Stevens Arch, Jughandle Arch, Coyote Natural Bridge, and ends at Jacob Hamblin Arch.