|Map and Elevation Change graph for Day 4.|
x-axis: starts at zero miles, each hatch mark equals 10 miles.
y-axis: starts at 5000 ft. each hatch mark equals 500 ft.
|Undulating Highway 12 winds its way through the Monument.|
|Tim overlooks the canyon containing Upper and Lower Calf Creek|
Falls and Calf Creek Recreation Area.
Calf Creek Recreation Area is the main attraction along this stretch of highway. The six-mile round-trip hike to Lower Calf Creek Falls and the four mile round-trip hike to Upper Calf Creek Falls provide excellent examples of the geologic and scenic wonders of this region. Tim and I have hiked both trails in the past; however we didn’t take the time for this side trip today.
|Along the Lower Calf Creek Falls trail.|
|Upper Calf Creek Falls.|
|Lower Calf Creek Falls.|
Leaving Calf Creek the road climbs through multi-colored sandstone formations, then descends through ranchland to the town of Escalante. Tim and Mark rolled into town by 11:00 a.m. and we found our luxury B&B, the Slot Canyons Inn, 5 miles west of there. We arrived too early for check-in—what to do instead? We decided on a trip to Peek-A-Boo and Spooky slot canyons in the National Monument. These two slot canyons, although non-technical, are full of challenging climbs and narrow passageways. Click here to read my report about our day of action and adventure in the slots.
|The arrow is pointing to Tim as he climbs a hill between Calf Creek|
and Escalante. If you can't see the bright jersey, click on the photo
|This photo illustrates why Highway 12 was|
designated a National Scenic Byway.
|Tim and Mark, rolling into the town of Escalante.|
|This piece of tile work graces the|
front wall of the Slot Canyons Inn.