Dance Hall Rock is a 0.4 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Escalante, Utah and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and bird watching and is best used from March until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length0.4 miElevation gain45 ftRoute typeLoop
Dogs on leashKid friendlyHikingNature tripsWalkingBird watchingNo shadeHistoric site
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Dance Hall Rock Rocks trail is a short out & back trail leading to the Dance Hall Rock which is where the 1879-80 Mormon pioneer San Juan Expedition spent a couple of months while the remainder of the road was built to the Colorado River (including chiseling out Hole-in-Rock). Dance was an important part of Mormon society, and the good acoustics of the natural stone amphitheater appealed to the pioneers.

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BLM visitor center, Escalante

South on the Hole in the Rock road to the signage on the east.

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Chloe Cahill
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The historical significance alone is worth the time. Be sure to hop around on the rocks beyond. We ran around until night time and watched a massive moon take over the sky!

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E Mac
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Interesting story and a quick hike while you are already in the area

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Robert Berman
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I give this 5 stars because the area behind the Dance Hall offered very unique terrain to explore off-trail, with expansive sanded rock surface that undulated and had various-sized, terrarium-like holes. This was a great contrast to the canyons and hoodoos in the area and an easy hike. You can get the feel in less than an hour and it pairs well with Peekaboo/Spooky Canyon hike

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Erin White
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Fun spot to stop and stretch your legs for a bit. Absolutely impressive rock feature and the historical story is pretty intriguing!

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Michael FitzGerald
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After enjoying Dance Hall Rock take a short hike around the the south east side of and look for a smaller version of Dance Hall Rock. Go to the right and head north up the grey rock slope (abut 500' directly behind Dance Hall 37°21'25.6"N 111°05'56.5"W) to find several "deep" potholes with large tree growing out of them (see photos). Be careful as some of these are 20+ feet deep with sheer sides.

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Doug Neidholdt
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Fascinating for the historic significance.

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Neal Bhandari
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Alex Silveira
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Garrett Chesnut
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Tina T
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