Guide to Southern Utah's Hole-in-the-Rock Trail

Guide to Southern Utah's Hole-in-the-Rock Trail

by Stewart Aitchison
     
 

In 1879, 230 settlers in southwestern Utah heeded the call from leaders of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to pull up stakes and move to the distant San Juan country of southeastern Utah. Their year-long journey became one of the most extraordinary wagon trips ever undertaken in North America, their trail one of peril, difficulty, and spectacular

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In 1879, 230 settlers in southwestern Utah heeded the call from leaders of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to pull up stakes and move to the distant San Juan country of southeastern Utah. Their year-long journey became one of the most extraordinary wagon trips ever undertaken in North America, their trail one of peril, difficulty, and spectacular vistas. Beginning in Cedar City, Utah, this trail crosses today’s Dixie National Forest, skirts Bryce Canyon National Park, bisects the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, crosses the Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, and comes close to Natural Bridges National Monument on its way to Bluff, Utah.

Though the trail that these devoted pioneers broke across raw frontier was used for several years afterward, no highway was built over most of the route because it was deemed too rugged for modern vehicles. In addition to the historical value of the story of these pioneers, this guide includes road logs, maps, and hiking trails along the historic trail. It also points out fascinating natural history along the way, making A Guide to Southern Utah’s Hole-in-the-Rock Trail a significant reference for a variety of readers. 

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From the Publisher
"[This book] serves as a useful guide to the American West’s most arduous emigrant road carved through a strikingly scenic, convoluted landscape. It also serves as a handy reference for anyone wishing to know the story of the trail."—Steven K. Madsen, coauthor of In Search of the Spanish Trail: Santa Fe to Los Angeles, 1829-1848

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780874808216
Publisher:
University of Utah Press
Publication date:
03/15/2005
Pages:
112
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.40(d)

Meet the Author

Stewart Aitchison is the author of A Traveler’s Guide to Monument Valley; Grand Canyon: Window of Time; and Red Rock Sacred Mountain: The Canyons and Peaks from Sedona to Flagstaff. He is a longtime resident and guide in the Southwest.

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