Hole-in-the-Rock Road is a 62 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Escalante, UT that features a lake. The trail is only recommended for very experienced adventurers and primarily used for horses and off road driving. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
dogs on leash
off road driving
This 62 mile (100km) drive (one way) follows the general route of of the original Hole-in-the-Rock Expedition. 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 4X4
The drive to the trail head is more difficult than the hike. We hiked this with 40 youth and they swam in Lake Powell. Plan for all day to travel and hike. Hike was 2 hours round trip. Travel is about 5 hours on dirt road. If you take an ATV it would be faster.
108 miles of hard road to get to Lake Powell. Historically interesting, but a long drive to see it. Dance Hall Rock is also interesting. We are glad we did it, but probably will not make the drive a second time.
Drove all the way to hole-in-the rock and climbed down to the lake. Hiked to a couple of slot canyons.
We've been on this trail twice now. Once in May 2007 & again in June 2009. It's a long rough drive but worth the views. Both times, we camped out so we didn't have to do all the drive in one day. At the end of the road, there is a trail that leads down to the water of Lake Powell. This was where the pioneers had to lower their wagons to cross the river. You can see the rut marks made by the wheels on the rocks and some of the miners stairs. We did the hike in 2009 and it can be challenging in some spots but it's a fun, strenuous hike that is about a mile each way, depending on the lakes level.
We drove this trail in July, 2009. It's a nice drive, but you must commit a whole day. When we drove it, there were several washouts that had not been repaired. You need to check locally before you go.