Driving the Hole-in-the-Rock Road
This guide describes that portion of the Hole-in-the-Rock road which runs from Escalante, Utah to the Hole-in-the-Rock on the western shore of Lake Powell. There are other sections of this trail on the east side of Lake Powell. For the most part, these eastern sections are much rougher, requiring well-equipped four-wheel drive vehicles.
This 62 mile (100km) drive (one way) follows the general route of of the original Hole-in-the-Rock Expedition. Most of the road is in Grand Staircase-Ecalante National Monument, however the last approximately 5 miles are within the boundaries of Glen Canyon NRA. Most of the road on BLM land is passable to high-clearance, two-wheel drive vehicles in dry weather. The last few miles within Glen Canyon are best travelled by foot, bicycle, or four-wheel drive vehicle. There are numerous side-roads that leave this main road. Nearly all of these are only recommended for four-wheel drive.
Persons travelling this road should carry plenty of water (at least one gallon--4 liters--per person per day) and be equipped to get themselves out of any difficulty they might encounter. This road is not routinely patrolled by any agency. Temperatures can range over 100° F (38°C) in summer to near 0° F (-17°C) in winter. Sudden heavy rains, especially in summer months may make this road impassable. If you are caught near the end of the road during a heavy storm, you may not be able to make it back to the paved highway, even with a four-wheel drive. Check with the Interagency Visitor Center in Escalante for latest road conditions and travel information.
Points of Interest
This guide will help point out areas of historical and scenic interest along the road. Mileages indicated do not allow for side trips. Be aware that your odometer may not register exactly the same mileage listed here. Please keep this in mind as you drive.
Mile 0.0, Junction of Hole-in-the-Rock road and Highway 12:
Mile 4.2, Ten Mile Spring:
Mile 12.0, Devil's Garden:
Mile 14.0, Twenty Mile Spring:
Mile 36.4, Dance Hall Rock:
Mile 37.1, Forty Mile Spring:
Mile 39.1, Carcass Wash:
Mile 45.7, Glen Canyon National Recreation Area Boundary:
Mile 48.7, Fifty Mile Spring:
Mile 50.1, Hole-in-the-Rock Arch:
Mile 55.3, Hole-in-the-Rock:
If you wish, you may hike down to Lake Powell. This trail is very strenuous and is not maintained. You should be in good physical shape and have experience hiking over rough and uneven terrain. Always carry water.
Did You Know?
Look out below! Watch for underwater hazards. The lake level changes daily and seasonally. Only Lake Powell's main channel is marked with navigational aids.