Hole-in-the-Rock Road

HARD 9 reviews

Hole-in-the-Rock Road is a 55.8 mile moderately trafficked point-to-point trail located near Escalante, Utah that features a lake and is only recommended for very experienced adventurers. The trail is primarily used for camping, horses, and off road driving and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

55.8 miles
3185 feet
Point to Point

dogs on leash


horseback riding

off road driving







historic site

This scenic 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

scenic driving
1 month ago

road past Spooky / Peek-A-Boo turnoff is ROUGH

nature trips
10 months ago

High rating because of the Mormon History. The trail condition did not allow easy access to the lake.
Their was about a 10 ft. drop early in the hike that I did not want to take my grandson down. Would of preferred to have gone to the lake. High rating because the road leads to dozens of hike options that are some of the best in the area. You can easily spend two weeks here and not tire of the area. The road was extremely wash boarded and would of taken over 6 hours to travel their and back if you did it none stop. Easily doable in a two wheel drive SUV when I went. Road conditions subject to change, check with local authorities, or other travelers before attempting.

Saturday, October 29, 2016

Awesome reward at the completion of a sometimes technically difficult drive

Monday, July 04, 2016

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.

off road driving
Thursday, May 15, 2014

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.

off road driving
Sunday, November 10, 2013

Drove all the way to hole-in-the rock and climbed down to the lake. Hiked to a couple of slot canyons.

Monday, June 17, 2013

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.

off road driving
Monday, March 11, 2013

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.

10 months ago