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Date Friday  4/21/2017
End Date Sunday  4/30/2017
Group Denver
Event Title (Photo Section) Hole In The Rock Road (Utah) Car Camping Trip & multiple day-hikes & slot canyons Grand Staircase-Escalante N.M. (SE of Escalante,Utah)
Start Time 10:00 AM
Status Complete
Leader Mark Haugen
Member Price Free
Available Participants 6
Type Trip
Trip Type Hike
Pace Moderate
Classification Moderate B
Trail Mileage 10
Elevation Gain 1000
Driving Distance 1000


Hole In The Rock Road

Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument
Southeast of Escalante, Utah

For more info Contact

Mark Haugen


Photo Section Trip.

Hole In The Rock Road, Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument in southern Utah, starting a few miles east on Hwy 12 (paved) from Escalante UT.  Some of the most scenic and remote areas, trails, and slot canyons in the USA!  Car pools to be arranged from Denver starting the morning of Friday April 21, 2017.  Primitive dispersed car camping on BLM land along the dirt road at various locations. Return to Denver on the evening of Sunday April 30, 2017.  Utah is normally sunny and warm at this time while Colorado is still waiting for cold, snow and mud to clear!

Trails and other activities will be chosen each day as based upon weather conditions, trail conditions, and the desires of the group (must be flexible).  Many spectacular must see trails, slot canyons and other natural features!  This is a Photo Section event, thus we will be stopping to take photos as desired, so bring your camera or plan on taking breaks of half an hour here and there, as the scenery demands.

I have hiked some of the trails in the area in the last number of years, however many trails will be hiked and explored for the first time.  I am very experienced with southern Utah and have spent considerable time there over the last decade. Many trails consist of following cairns and other natual features up and down an assortment of rocky or sandy terrain.  consistent elevation gain at one time generally is less than 400 feet followed by easier terrain before the next up or down segment.  Some trails require use of scrambling or climbing over large rocks/boulders for a short distance.

The area can provide outstanding star gazing under clear skies! (some of the best in the lower 48 - no towns for many miles) in addition to extremely colorful sunrise/sunsets that look like another planet! Other short scenic activates and stops will be made as the group desires.

 All trip costs including but not limited to; park entrance fees, gas, vehicle costs (possible rentals), so on to be split by all attending.  ALL supplies (including water) must be brought from Denver or topped off in Grand Junction or Moab,  Escalante UT is a very small town with very limited supplies and hours.  Limited supplies at high prices sometimes available.  Advised to bring; ALL food, cooking gear, camping gear, wide brim hats, sunglasses, sunsceen (there is no shade and you will be in the sun all day, every day for over a week after being inside most of the winter), zip-lock bags for camera eq contact lens and anything else sensitive to fine dust, camp chairs, small table (if you have), 5 or more gallons water per person, small (low value "school") backpack without frame which is easy to take on and off often for slot canyons (in addition to standard day-packs), and ALL supplies you will need for the entire trip.


NO cel phone coverage, NO internet, NO supplies, NO towns nearby. Medical services are many many hours (or days) away. Come prepared! Stop when available for anything you have forgotten and always fill up with gas and water.  Must be in good physical condition (currently able to complete B level hikes without problems/complications) and flexible enought to traverse thru non-techical slot canyons, and other rock features.


Due to the remoteness of this trip, all participants MUST discuss the trip with Leader prior to signing up.  Please have your membership number available.


Mark Haugen -Trip Leader




Carpools to be arranged from metro Denver area for Friday April 21st late morning returning Sunday April 30th in the evening.

This trip will be "closed" a week prior to start date, as arrangements need to be made, so if your interested sign up ASAP.

Any questions please CALL me at 303-744-0625

I do not get to the internet often and my typing is not the best.