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Utah Route 12 East of Escalante UT

Boondocked east of Escalante UT, April 14, 2011
Boondocked east of Escalante UT, April 14, 2011

There are some good spots to boondock in the Grand Staircase - Escalante National Monument along Utah Route 12 between Escalante and Boulder. This spot is on the ridge west of Spencer Flat Road and overlooks Escalante to the west and Escalante Canyons to the east.

Three hundred degree view

At the very top of the ridge above the 8% grade descending east to Spencer Flat Road, turn south into the access road to the communications tower atop the ridge. At the end of the road is a highway maintenance yard with lots of good level parking and an expansive 300 degree view.

Utah Route 12 East of Escalante UT

Nights I've camped here

Sell Them Down the River

Brown had in his camp a fine-looking Negro, who said he had run away from his master in Platte County, Missouri, because the man was going to sell him and his wife to a dealer who would take them south to the Louisiana sugar plantations. The average Missouri Negro looked upon being sold south as one or two degrees worse than being sent straight to hell. This viewpoint was fostered by the masters, who always threatened, when things went wrong, to sell them down the river. ...

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