My next adventures were near the Hole in the Rock Road east of Escalante, Utah. Driving to that location from the east was a bonus, somehow in my hours of trip planning I didn’t learn how incredibly scenic Highway 12 is east of the Hole in the Rock Road. Driving along I found myself on a hogback with sandstone canyons on both side. “Oh my, oh my,” escaped from my mouth as I drove. I slowed down trying to keep my eyes on the twisting road but I also wanting to see every inch of the scenery and miss nothing. It was a challenge.
My destination was the Hole in the Rock Road. I had spied what looked like a camping location from Google Earth while trip planning, at the intersection of the Hole in the Rock Road and Hwy 12. Other potential camping sites I had seen on Google Earth had in the past turned out to be a disappointment, but this one didn’t. This boondocking site was large and definitely well known. There were about a dozen of us camped there with lots of space separating everyone. I got a spot on the edge where I could sit and look out and see no one.
This was hot, short pants wearing, summer time weather while I was there. Highs about 80. Such a change from the snow I experienced at Capital Reef. I was planning my outings for the early morning and coming back to camp in the afternoon to read a book under the shade of my trailer canopy.
One day I went to view the Dino tracks at Twentymile Wash Dinosaur Megatrackway. I did see about twenty prints but nothing close to the 800 prints I read are at the site. Perhaps if you stop at the Escalate visitor center you can get directions on where to look.
- There was a garbage dumpster located by the camping area.
- The easiest way to climb up the rock to see the Dino tracks is to walk around the rock to the far back left.
- There is a boondocking site immediately passed the Dino tracks parking area. Drive about another quarter mile to the end of the road.
- The jack broke on my trailer when I went to leave. Simply gave up and the front of the trailer fell to the ground on a Friday afternoon. Lessons learned: 1) Calling to Kanab and St George searching for repair options; everyone is closed on the weekend. This is Utah. 2) Small towns have shops that fix everything. Escalante had a repair shop for cars and RVs that fixed the jack. I got the trailer there Friday afternoon right before they closed and they fixed it.