Kitchen Chat and more…
Kitchen Chat and more…
Utah is one of the most visually and physically interesting places to take a road trip. There is so much here to be explored! The best part is that you will never see the same type of landscaping twice. With the Northern parts of utah sticking to the greenery, and the ever-changing Southern Utah desert, it’s no wonder Utah is one of the most desired places to visit for those who love nature and scenic roads to travel. There is beauty and adventure around every turn of the highway. We are not surprised by how many road trippers we accumulate through Escalante.
What started out as a cattle blazing trail is now one of the most picturesque drives in Utah. Pass through some of Utah’s most stunning landscapes and National Park/Monuments like Capital Reef, Grand Staircase and Glen Canyon National Recreational Center. This is a long and classic all American drive that families will love. There are many places to stop and explore with absolutely stunning views. Something that road trippers dream of!
One of the most picturesque and fun unpaved backways. This 47-mile dirt road will take you on an adventure of a lifetime. The conditions of the road are good, although you’ll still want to take a decent SUV or 4×4 just to be safe. In spring the roads can become very muddy making it near impossible to drive for any SUV. The begging of this drive will seem stark and desolate, until you roll down into the Paria River Valley, where the landscape drastically changes from desolate desert to beautiful oasis. Be sure to check out the few trails along the way like The Cottonwood Narrows Trail and more.
If you have not heard of Hole-in-the-Rock road, then you are not road tripping right! This is one of the more famous backways. Most of it is located in Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument, but the last bit takes you through part of Glenn Canyon NRA. This is the original general route that the Pioneers took to find a way across the river, which is now Lake Powell. Should you decide to head further, the road becomes a little more rugged and is best traveled by foot or mountain bike.
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These and many more backways here in Utah are what keep our adventurous road trippers coming. The scenery in Utah is next to none, and unbeatable.
There are so many different activities to do in Escalante and nearby, and not all include hiking either. Believe it or not, near this seemingly desolate desert, there are lots of lakes and rivers to fish up above in the surrounding mountains! Not only that, but it is considered some of the best fishing in the area. Here are some of the top places to go fishing while visiting Escalante.
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Located about 2 hours from Escalante this stunning timbered plateau is one of the highest in North America as well as part of the beautiful Dixie National Forest. Depending on a yearly basis there can be up to 80 different lakes and ponds to fish. Anyone that has been to the Boulder Mountains will tell you that there are plenty of BIG fish to catch. The fish species here ranges from brown trout, cutthroat, rainbow and brook. The best way to approach a trip to these lakes is to speak with the tour guides and fishing shops in nearby Boulder, Utah. The reasoning for this is to get information on how to access these lakes, as many of them are difficult to drive to and do require four-wheel drive. Make sure to wear warm and light clothes even in the mid-summer months as it can still snow atop this mountain especially during the monsoon rains. Do some research and head out into the wilderness to experience some of the most fun and thrilling fishing.
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Located on Boulder Mountain is Aquarius Plateau, one of the most stunning and captivating scenic places to fish. This makes up about half of the lakes, ponds and streams of Boulder Mountain. In this area, most of the lakes are located fairly close to roads, making hiking to even the most remote lakes only about a 3-mile excursion. Also, most of the lakes are grouped, so you won’t be stuck in one location (which is nice if the fish in that are are not biting), you can easily hike to a separate lake and try your skills there. Wear appropriate clothing and shoes here, and prepare to climb over boulder to get to your desired locations (hence the name “Boulder Mountain). The “trophy” lakes are located under the steep drop offs of the plateau and are surrounded by beautiful pines and aspen trees that get quite dense, and traveling the roads directly to the lakes are near impossible as they are very unmaintained. Although the trek to these lakes are a bit more difficult, it is well worth it once you catch that trophy size trout!
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This name is a big one as it is well known for its production of trophy sized trout. In the perfect conditions during the better seasons, this place literally pumps out thousands of pounds of trout every year! During the spring and fall months this is the perfect shore fishing area since the trout like to stay in the more shallow waters to feed. Wanting to fish in the winter months? You’re in for a treat! Otter Creek is one of the top reservoirs for ice fishing as well! This lake literally gives you all the opportunity to test your fishing skills!
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(Otter Creek Reservoir)
So if you’re in Escalante and are looking to get some good, fun and relaxing fishing in, be sure to check these places out! Don’t be afraid to talk to the local fishing shops and tour guides for more information to help you get a better idea of what to expect. Have fun and be safe!
Small towns can seem bland or boring at first glance. They also, usually appear to have about one restaurant. Fortunately, Escalante has quite a few and they are all very tasty! There is surely something to satisfy even the most pickiest eaters! We have compiled a list of our few favorites:
This cute little shop sits among the Grand Staircase Escalante and has a spectacular view. They serve soups and bread, sweet treats and cold drinks. Their specialty though is their delicious coffee’s and espressos. They have a full espresso bar with freshly ground coffee and delectable tea choices. This is a great place to go for a quick pick me up or to just enjoy the scenery and company.
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This is one of the yummiest and most filling places in town to eat. They’re main dish is pizza, and some of the best in town! They have fresh organic fair trade coffee that is ground daily. Their calzones are probably their best sellers and it’s easy to tell why, they are absolutely delicious!
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Although only open May-October, North Creek Grill is probably one of the most favored restaurants in Escalante. This is most likely due to its one of a kind atmosphere. Owned by husband and wife Rex and Kristen, all their meals are made with only the freshest local ingredients when available. The beef is raised by the owners and is only grass fed. They take a lot of pride in the food that they make here. You won’t want to miss out on their delicious steaks and burgers!
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This restaurant offers delicious American style cuisine and is one of the most casual and laid back places to eat in town. Their breakfast menu is simple yet delicious with choices like eggs Benedict, omelettes and fluffy buttermilk biscuits. Definitely a top spot in Escalante.
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American West cuisine at its finest. The wild west atmosphere and their scrumptious ribs will keep you coming back for more. The prices are affordable as well making this a perfect family spot for dinner.
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Blast from the past! This burger joint is such a fun and tasty place to please those pallets. The menu ranges from burgers, fish, sweet potato fries and so much more. Afterwards, satisfy those sweets cravings with some of the best ice cream in town!
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