The canyons and desert in the GrandStaircase/Escalante National Monument and the forests on Boulder Mountain in the Dixie National Forest offer some truly spectacular hiking. Within the canyons, the desert and on the mountain we have a multitude of quiet spots that we love to visit and share with our guests.
The wind and rain working on the high desert have produced gigantic slickrock bowls, with hidden potholes of water, and gorged out deep canyons creating lush riparian zones of the Escalante River.
The Grand Staircase/Escalante National Monument is notorious for it’s massive slickrock bowls and impressive slickrock hoodoos.
The swirling patterns within the slickrock reveal the history of the ancient dunes.
These hikes visit some of the more spectacular slickrock vistas in the Monument.
Riparian Canyon Hikes
The riparian canyons are the life of the desert where the water flows. They create the ecosystems that support a vast majority of the plants and animals of the desert.
Petroglyphs, pecked in stone, leave a lasting story and show the riparian canyons gave life to of our predecessors as well.
The riparian canyon hikes provide wonderful opportunities to discover the diversity of desert life.
And, when the temperatures sore, the waterways are a great place to keep cool.
Rim to River Hikes
The Rim to River Hikes provide spectacular views of the Escalante Canyon as we work our way down the canyon walls and side drainages to the Escalante River. The two eco systems display the stark contrast of life in the desert – 0n the rim life must be tenacious in the canyon life flourishes. Read more…
Slot Canyon Hikes
Slot canyons are exciting niches tucked away in the slickrock. Eons of erosional forces have carved slender passageways out of the massive slick rock formations . These places provide a spectacular playground to explore and enjoy. Several slot canyons are in the guide books and have become popular destinations yet others are still tucked away gems. We enjoy the popular slots, by knowing the off-peak times and the nearby features that are rarely visited, as well as the tucked away slots that always provide peaceful hikes.
Boulder Mountain Hikes
These mountain hikes provide a wonderful opportunity to beat the heat in the middle of summer. The Boulder Mountain is a spectacular flat topped mountain that is a rainwater harvester for the Boulder region. The water percolates through the mountain and resurfaces as springs scattered throughout the mountain and desert. The hikes provide spectacular vistas and scenery just about any time of the year – winter and early spring snowshoeing, summer strolls through the wonderfully scented forests and meadows, and the glorious fall colors. Read more…
The Ponderosas and the Sub alpine ecosystems on Boulder Mountain provide amazing diversity to discover with secluded little ponds and gentle flowing streams. In the fall, the the aspens create a calming golden hue on the mountain.
Hike From Your Doorstep
When you stay at one of the picturesque rooms of the Kiva Koffeehouse and Kiva Kottage or another rare Vacation Rental By Owner location within the cottonwoods on the Escalante River, several Desert DAWN hikes are available to start right from your doorstep. Call us and we will meet you at your door.
Let’s Hike, Explore, and Discover!
Information on dates, rates and reservations is available on our Hike Reservations page.