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Added by Phill Monson
Historical marker along the pioneer trail. Underrated and underexplored part of the park. Stunning photography opportunities.
Dance Hall Rock is a historical marker along the pioneer trail, as well as a geological wonder to explore. The large sandstone mound's face resembles that of a natural amphitheater, which was used as a marker and recreation stop by early Mormon pioneers as they made their way into what is now Lake Powell via the famous "Hole in the Rock." Beyond the historical significance, Dance Hall Rock offers incredible scenery, and unique photography opportunities.
Most people who travel to the Escalante Monument never make it as far in to see this awesome location - even still, the few who do make it usually don't take the time to explore this desert wonderland. Enjoy the silence, and take in the beauty of the American Southwest.
To get there - take Hole in the Rock Road ~37 miles to Dance Hall Rock. You'll see a BLM marker for the turn off. Most passenger cars can drive this road, though high clearance and spare tire are recommended. There's a small parking lot, along with a brief explanation of the area's historical significance. From there, you'll find a small path that wraps around the sandstone hill, where you'll find that you can climb up the slickrock to get on top of Dance Hall Rock. From here, the world is yours to explore, but be careful where you step as the sandstone "pot holes" are 30-40 feet deep and near impossible to climb out of by yourself.
Depending on the time you'd like to spend here, and level of exploring, I'd recommend the following:
-Good hiking shoes-camera gear-light jacket (depending on the season)-plenty of water
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I've been right near this spot multiple times and never knew about its photographic potential! Once you get past Dance Hall Rock the variety of potholes and formations open up days of potential shooting. There's no camping in the parking lot but spots can be found up or down the road on off-shoots.
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