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Hell's Backbone Road

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Wow the road is narrow at the top. The views are epic and crossing the bridge is soooo cool. To... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Cottonwood Heights, Utah
As it says on the tin

Challenging drive starting in Escalante Had no idea as to this long journey was going and how... read more

Reviewed 15 October 2018
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153 Route Forest Service, Escalante, UT 84726
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All reviews bridge built fear of heights wonderful drive turn right packed dirt beautiful scenery take your time take pictures the loop long drive death hollow boulder forest washboard cliffs gravel
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Wow the road is narrow at the top. The views are epic and crossing the bridge is soooo cool. To drive from Escalate to Boulder takes 1.5 hours and should only be attempted in good weather.

Date of experience: November 2018
1  Thank papasn0w
Reviewed 1 November 2018

The drive was a lot longer than we expected. We enjoyed the autumn colours of the aspens driving through the forest. This was not the most scenic drive in the area so if you don’t have a lot of times skip it.

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed 15 October 2018

Challenging drive starting in Escalante Had no idea as to this long journey was going and how hilly the route driving experience was going to be. When you return back to Escalante and check the overlook to th terrain travelled; you can only marvel at...More

Date of experience: October 2018
1  Thank tourerBrighton
Reviewed 10 October 2018

We took this drive into the clouds during a long awaited wet spell in the area. the road was muddy and we got into some snow at the top. The trip was only 35 miles round trip. But, it will last us a life time....More

Date of experience: October 2018
1  Thank Gleason L
Reviewed 9 October 2018

This was a wonderful drive through the wilderness. Upon arrival to the bridge the views were magnificent. Conquered a fear of heights by walking the bridge. This is a MUST DO when visiting

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank DonPhyllis
Reviewed 24 September 2018

Great road if you can handle washboard! Much of it you don't get a lot of view except as you get near to the Boulder end. The area near the bridge is spectacular. It was a photographer's heaven. We were glad to do it and...More

Date of experience: September 2018
1  Thank IMACATraveler635
Reviewed 6 August 2018

First off we were told this was the original road connecting Escalante and Boulder Utah before Rt 12 was completed. So, that said it was a wonderful drive up, down and around. Not a scary or dangerous road (if you take it slow and see...More

Date of experience: July 2018
1  Thank Thomas C
Reviewed 29 June 2018

Connects the Escalate Grand Staircase National Monument to Bryce Canyon City. Is a paved, curvy, scenic road. Has 12% grades. 95% without guard rails. Sections are along mountain tops, with cliffs on both sides. Is an adrenaline rush to drive it - we LOVED it!

Date of experience: June 2018
1  Thank Char C
Reviewed 20 April 2018

Ok roads for cars. Nice pine trees at the top. Certain areas you'll not want to look over the side of the cliff.

Date of experience: April 2018
1  Thank Eric T
Reviewed 2 April 2018

Getting there by any of the possible directions is a large part of the attraction. Take your time. Stop, listen, smell, look, touch the rocks, feel the vibe of history and those who preceded you. It's like you have been waiting for this moment to...More

Date of experience: July 2017
1  Thank W6572KQroberts
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