Escalante Mountains in Southern Utah

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Escalante Mountains

The beautiful Escalante Mountains are within the Dixie National Forest and reach 10,500 feet with high meadows, forests, abundant wildlife and excellent recreational opportunites.

  • The beautiful Escalante Mountains reach 10,500 feet within the Dixie National Forest 
  • They offer views across the Escalante River Basin, Capitol Reef National Park and Glen Canyon National Recreation Area 
  • Local outfitters offer half and full day horseback rides to 10 mountain lakes
  • Posy Lake Campground has 22 sites open Memorial Day to mid-September


The Escalante Mountain range is exceptionally scenic. From the top there are views across the Escalante River Basin, Capitol Reef National Park and Glen Canyon National Recreation Area.

Hiking Trails

There are no developed trails in Box Death Hollow Wilderness. Hiking access is through the Phipps-Death Hollow Outstanding Natural Area adjacent to Box Hollow.

  • Pine Creek
    Trailhead access into the Box is via Pine Creek from the Blue Spruce campground along a 9-mile route. Wading or swimming may be necessary at times.
  • Death Hollow
    It is possible to hike along Death Hollow from Hell’s Backbone Bridge off Forest Road 153.


Great fishing opportunities can be found at Posy Lake or Mud Lake on the Griffin top of the Escalante Mountains Utah.

Book a fishing trip on horseback with one of the local outfitters and camp out overnight after fishing for trout in the highland lakes.

Horseback Riding

Many outfitters in the area offer half and full day rides to 10 mountain lakes and some trips include overnight camping. Enjoy a fish supper cooked over a campfire and cowboy songs.

Wildlife Viewing

Antelope, deer, elk and waterfowl can be seen in abundance.


  • Posy Lake Campground
    22 tent/ small RV sites
    Near Escalante, off Hwy12 and 300E on Forest Road 154
    Open Memorial Day to mid-September
    $8 single, $12 double
    Vault toilets
    Reservations: 1-877-444-6777
  • Barker Campground
    13 individual campsites and 3 group campsites
    Near Escalante, off Hwy12 turn right at North Creek Lakes sign and right again at the Barker campground sign on Forest Road 149
    Open May to October
    Vault toilets, fire rings, picnic tables, drinking water
    Reservations: 435-826-5400