Old Escalante Road is called Main Canyon Road by the Dixie National Forest. Beginning just east of Escalante off Scenic Highway 12, Old Escalante follows Birch Creek through a patchwork of private and public lands before climbing into the Escalante Mountains and descending Escalante Canyon alongside Sweetwater Creek to Widtsoe Junction on Johnson Valley Road. The well-maintained road has steep switchbacks and wide shelf road sections where it seems you can see forever if you are brave enough to look down. Confiers and aspen line the trail at the higher elevations. Colorful cliffs tower above the trail to the north. The western end has whimsical toadstool rock formations.
Spacious campsites on the western slopes of the mountain have felt ground, fire rings, shade, and enough space for even RVs. There is a 16-day camping limit.
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