Slot canyoneering Grand Staircase Escalante
Slot canyoneering in Utah’s Escalante area has the most spectacular scenery yet total serenity – you will rarely see another person out there other than your group. Learn to descend on ropes and a range of manoeuvres to creep, slide and wriggle through the narrowest of spaces in canyons such as ‘Egypt 1’ – a slot canyon accessed from outside the little town of Escalante.
This is part of a massive area of 1.9 million acres that stretches from the Grand Canyon to the middle of Utah called the Grand Staircase Escalante. It’s an incredible series of canyons, mountains and even forests amidst the desert, with hues of red, white and golden sandstone all around.
Just to show how little visited the area is, the walk out of Egypt 1 canyon is through phenomenal waves of sandstone cliffs — an area that hasn’t even been named! There are so many amazing places which, in the UK would be major protected parklands, yet in Utah they are so commonplace they often don’t even have a name!
Contact Rick Green or Amie Fortin at Excursions of Escalante www.excursionsofescalante.com for the experience of a lifetime.
Also don’t miss staying in a really luxurious B&B the Slot Canyons Inn just a couple of miles out of town. Set on a ranch in a valley between two red and cream cliff faces, the main house is contemporary with big spacious rooms, all beautifully appointed, lots of polished wood features and a significant ancient Native Indian archaeological dig site just up the hill on their grounds. Big roll top baths, separate walk in showers, four poster beds, free wifi and a delicious breakfast are on offer here at reasonable prices. Check out http://www.slotcanyonsinn.com/
What’s on in Escalante this summer?
Escalante Canyons / Everett Ruess Days Art Festival www.everettruessdays.org September 2014.
Getting to Escalante?
From Escalante it’s under two hour’s drive to the red rock amphitheatre of Bryce Canyon National Park, one of the most awe inspiring sites in the USA, and then take in Zion National Park with its soaring cliffs, river and canyon hikes and wildlife such as condors.
The nearest major airports are Las Vegas (two and a half hours to Zion) with direct flights daily from London with Virgin or BA or fly to Salt Lake City (offered by all American carriers such as Delta and United) and drive down to this region in around five hours.