Near Escalante in Garfield County, Utah — The American Mountains (Southwest)
View from Head of the Rocks
Lay of the Land
The Last Frontier
”No animal without wings could cross the deep gulches in the sandstone basin at our feet. The stream which we had followed and whose course soon became lost in the multitude of chasms before us was not the one we were in search of but an unknown, unnamed river draining the eastern slope of the Aquarius Plateau and flowing through a deep, narrow canyon to the Colorado River. Believing our party to be the discoverers, we decided to call this stream, in honor of Father Escalante, the old Spanish explorer, Escalante River and the country which it drains Escalante Basin."
-Almon H. Thompson, Second Powell Expedition, 1872
From this vantage point, you can see all the way from the Aquarius Plateau along the northern horizon to Navajo Mountain on the Utah-Arizona border. The vista before you encompasses a maze of deep, winding canyons that form the Escalante River basin.
There’s a good reason why the Henry Mountains were the last mountain range in the continental U.S. to be mapped and named — they are spectacularly rugged and remote. The Henries are home
Known to the Navajo people as Naatsis’áán, or “Head of the Earth,” Navajo Mountain straddles the border between Utah and Arizona on the south side of the Colorado River. Water flowing off this 10,416-foot laccolith (volcanic) dome carved a labyrinth of sandstone formations, including Rainbow Bridge, the world’s largest natural bridge.
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Aquarius Plateau (Boulder Mountain) • Escalante River Corridor • Henry Mountain • Little Rockies Mountains • LaSal Mountains • Circle Cliffs • Navajo Mountain • Kaiparowits Plateau.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Exploration • Native Americans.
Location. 37° 44.803′ N, 111° 27.231′ W. Marker is near Escalante, Utah, in Garfield County. Marker is on Utah Route 12 at milepost 69, on the left when traveling east. Marker is located at the Head of the Rocks Overlook on Utah Scenic Byway 12, about 10 miles east of Escalante. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Escalante UT 84726, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 7 other markers are within 9 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Building the Million-dollar Road (a few steps from this marker); Conserving Wildness (within Old Boulder Mail Trail (approx. 7.1 miles away); Old White Church (approx. 8.2 miles away); L.D.S. Tithing Office (approx. 8.2 miles away); First Public Building (approx. 8.2 miles away); Escalante (approx. 8.3 miles away).
Credits. This page was last revised on March 15, 2020. It was originally submitted on March 15, 2020, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 57 times since then and 8 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on March 15, 2020, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.