Beginning 5 miles east of Escalante off Scenic Byway12, the 57-mile-long Hole-in-the-Rock Road is a gravel and dirt road that closely follows the route taken by Mormon pioneers in 1879–80 in an attempt to establish a shortcut across the Colorado River between established communities in the center of the state and the Four Corners area. Today, Hole-in-the-Rock Road provides
access to a number of recreational and historic sites in both Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument and Glen Canyon National Recreation Area. Devil’s Garden and the Dry Fork slot canyons are popular recreational destinations. Visitors interested in pioneer history should see Dance Hall Rock and Hole-in the-Rock at the end of the road.