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Grand Staircase - Escalante National Monument
Circle D Motel and the adjacent Circle D Eatery is independently owned and operated. We are centrally located in the heart of Escalante, on Scenic Highway 12 between Capitol Reef National Park and Bryce Canyon National Park. Our Escalante motel is ideal for multi-day stays to experience Southern Utah’s pristine National and State Parks with America’s most unique geological formations. We have 22 affordable rooms where you can recuperate from your day of sightseeing, hiking, biking, fishing or off-road exploring the Escalante area.
Circle of Destinations
Within approximately 50 miles the Circle D Motel in Escalante are several unique places to visit.
- Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument : .5 mi /1.6 km
- Escalante Petrified Forest State Park : 1 mi /8 km
- Death Hollow Wilderness Area : 15 mi /24 km
- Aquarius Plateau/Boulder Mountain National Forest : 20 mi /32 km
- Anasazi Village State Park : 27 mi /43 km
- Glenn Canyon National Recreation Area : 30 mi / 48 km
- Kodachrome Basin State Park : 40 mi /64 km
- Bryce Canyon National Park : 51 mi /82 km
- Capitol Reef National Park : 57 mi / 92 km
Grand Staircase- Escalante National Monument
Come explore the Utah desert where it is rumored 20 year old artist Everett Ruess disappeared in the fall of 1934. Ruess left home at 16 to explore the American Southwest. He was last heard from in Escalante where he wrote, “I enjoy beauty and the vagrant life I lead more keenly all the time. I prefer the saddle to the streetcar, and the star-sprinkled sky to the roof, the obscure and difficult trail leading into the unknown to the paved highway, and the deep peace of the wild to the discontent bred by cities.”
The 1.9 million acres of Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument was set aside as protected wilderness in the fall of 1996. The Monument is divided into three distinct areas; the Grand Staircase, the Kaiparowits Plateau and the Canyons of the Escalante.
Scenic Highway 12
Circle "D" Motel is centrally located on Scenic Highway 12 – one of the few so designated highways in the state. Traveling Scenic Highway 12 is an eye opening trip for the whole family. To learn more about this unique 124 mile natural beauty drive visit: