Planning Your Time
Even the most casual travelers with a few hours to spare can enjoy traveling through this fantastic landscape of desert and rock. Highway 12, which begins near Bryce Canyon National Park and continues along the wild canyon and slickrock country of the Grand Staircase—Escalante National Monument, is one of the most scenic roads in Utah. It’s also worth spending a night along the road in Boulder, home of the Boulder Mountain Lodge and famed Hell’s Backbone Grill.
If you have more time, plan to spend a couple of days exploring Grand Staircase—Escalante National Monument: perhaps a hike to Lower Calf Creek Falls and a day trip down Hole-in-the-Rock Road, with explorations of Devil’s Garden and the slot canyons in the Dry Fork of Coyote Gulch.
In Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, the ultimate vacation is to rent a houseboat on Lake Powell, but if you’re not ready to make that commitment, consider a ferryboat ride across the reservoir between Hall’s Crossing and Bullfrog.
© W.C. McRae and Judy Jewell from Moon Utah, 9th Edition