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Circle D Motel




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. 



The Circle D Eatery and the adjacent Circle D Motel is independently owned and operated. We offer casual dining of American cuisine. You can comfortably dine inside, in our covered patio, or on the outside patio. We are well known for our ribs, brisket, and chicken which are smoked on premise. We also have available several vegetarian offerings. Beer and wine are also available.



Within approximately 50 miles the Circle D Motel in Escalante are several unique places to visit. With five State Parks and 2 National Parks within that range, you will always have something to explore.

From your Circle D Motel base camp, you have easy access to some of Utah's most unique attractions. Visit Capitol Reef, Bryce Canyon, Arches, Zion, and Canyonlands, along with other attractions, without wasting a lot of time driving.

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


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.


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.

This scenic route includes some of the most unique, and beautiful, scenery in the United States. Along the way, you'll pass by Red Canyon, Kodachrome Basin State Park, Calf Creek Falls, and Boulder Mountain, and the nerve-wracking stretch of highway know as Hogback.  

When driving Scenic Highway 12, make sure to plenty of water and supplies, as the road travels through some of the most rugged areas in Utah.

To learn more about this unique 124 mile natural beauty drive click on the button below.



While Circle D is no Ritz it provides clean rooms, good comfortable beds, working fridge, micro, coffee maker and easy access to Escalate. The owner is friendly and very accommodating to your needs. Excellent price. I would highly recommend and have stay here with each of my three children as we explored GSC Escalate.

Tim P - tripadvisor
We spent one night in July 2018 and two nights in September 2019 exploring the Utah Red Rock country. The Circle D is an excellent base location to do that from. Lots of Scenic Byways, Scenic Backways and Hiking Trails easily accessible from Circle D. Dinners at the restaurant are a great way to end the day. The reasons are good food, a broad menu to choose from, and reasonably priced. The full room of patrons attests to the value.

Matt W - tripadvisor
Stayed at the Circle D Motel for 3 nights in June 2020. While it's an older property it has everything you need - microwave, fridge, large rooms and they have a fire pit for all to enjoy. The property also has a restaurant attached to it and is also in walking distance to other options in the town. The property has hiking books and maps to research the area and very friendly staff - and even all of the other guests were super friendly! I would definitely return.

LilGoBlue - tripadvisor

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