A hidden gem just outside of Grand Staircase-Escalante

An unforgettable lodging experience surrounded by breathtaking vistas

A hidden gem just outside of Grand Staircase-Escalante

An unforgettable lodging experience surrounded by breathtaking vistas

Yonder Escalante sits amidst the dramatic landscape of the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument right off the scenic byway 12. Sheer cliffs of red and white sandstone seamlessly meld together as far as the eye can see, littered with evergreens and bright green cottonwoods. With a 1h drive from Bryce Canyon National Park and 1h30min to Capitol Reef National Park, Yonder Escalante couldn’t be positioned more perfectly. Stay for the night or a long weekend at one of their quaint cabins, vintage airstreams, or stunning RV sites with hookups and shared bathhouses. During the winter months cozy up next to the communal bonfire or watch the stars from the large hot tub. In the summer, cool off and get some tan at the onsite pool. Then, once the night rolls in stroll to the onsite outdoor movie theater equipped with shiny classic vintage cars as your front row seats. Get there early to claim your favorite classic car!

Be sure to scroll all the way to the bottom of this post to learn about the Best Hikes & Scenic Drives as well as Best Restaurants and Cafes sections before you start planning your trip!


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Rates

From $44 USD for RV spots, $149 USD for Cabins & $209 USD for Airstreams.

Check-In / Out

In: 2:00pmOut: 11:00am

Location

Escalante, Utah. 5h drive from SLC Airport. 5h drive from LAS Airport. 30min to Grand Staircase Escalante. 1h drive to Bryce Canyon. 1h30min drive to Capitolreef. 2h drive to Zion National Park.

Accommodation Types

Choose between 22 custom-designed cabins (our favorite is #31), 10 renovated vintage airstreams, and 67 RV sites.

Food & Drink

Complimentary Breakfast & Coffee. Complimentary smores Saturday nights & DIY grill kits for purchase.

Nearest Airport

SLC — Salt Lake City International Airport.LAS — McCarran International Airport.

Highlights

Drive-In Theater with nightly movies, Saturday night smores, daily communal campfire, guided dark sky observations. Close distance to Grand staircase Escalante, Zion National Park & Bryce Canyon. Many nearby hiking trails & sights.

Other Facilities

Self-service Laundry Room. Outdoor Pool & Hot Tub. Shared Bathhouses.

Setting

Rural. Wilderness. Romance. Family-friendly. Pet-friendly. Sights. Retreat-friendly.

Rates

From $44 USD for RV spots, $149 USD for Cabins & $209 USD for Airstreams.

Check-In / Out

In: 2:00pmOut: 11:00am

Location

Escalante, Utah. 5h drive from SLC Airport. 5h drive from LAS Airport. 30min to Grand Staircase Escalante. 1h drive to Bryce Canyon. 1h30min drive to Capitolreef. 2h drive to Zion National Park.

Accommodation Types

Choose between 22 custom-designed cabins (our favorite is #31), 10 renovated vintage airstreams, and 67 RV sites.

Food & Drink

Complimentary Breakfast & Coffee. Complimentary smores Saturday nights & DIY grill kits for purchase.

Nearest Airport

SLC — Salt Lake City International Airport.LAS — McCarran International Airport.

Highlights

Drive-In Theater with nightly movies, Saturday night smores, daily communal campfire, guided dark sky observations. Close distance to Grand staircase Escalante, Zion National Park & Bryce Canyon. Many nearby hiking trails & sights.

Other Facilities

Self-service Laundry Room. Outdoor Pool & Hot Tub. Shared Bathhouses.

Setting

Rural. Wilderness. Romance. Family-friendly. Pet-friendly. Sights. Retreat-friendly.

Top view of the cabins at Yonder | Bare Escape
Cabins at Yonder Escalante | Bare Escape
The inside of the cabins at Yonder Escalante | Bare Escape
Airstreams at Yonder Escalante | Bare Escape
Top view of the outdoor pool at Yonder Escalante | Bare Escape
Light breakfast provided at Yonder Escalante | Bare Escape
The individual cabins at Yonder Escalante
Dinner kits at Yonder Escalante | | Bare Escape
The cozy cabins for rent at Yonder Escalante | Bare Escape
The pool at Yonder Escalante | Bare Escape
The pool at Yonder Escalante | Bare Escape
Top view of outdoor drive in Theater at Yonder Escalante | Bare Escape
Top view of outdoor drive in Theater at Yonder Escalante | Bare Escape
Romantic Drive-in movie theater at Yonder Escalante | Bare Escape
Sunset at Yonder Escalante read to watch old school movies | Bare Escape
Vintage car outdoor movie theater at Yonder Escalante | Bare Escape
Stunning views from the cabins at Yonder Escalante | Bare Escape
The airstreams at Yonder Escalante | Bare Escape

Best Hikes & Scenic Drives Near Yonder Escalante

With over 1.9 million square miles, there is so much to explore in and around Grand-Staircase Escalante National Monument.

  • Drive along the Burr Trail: Starting right in the town of Boulder Utah, this scenic drive takes you into the famous canyons of towering red sandstone cliffs. If you are looking for the most instagrammable viewpoint on the drive then make sure to stop here.
  • Explore Grand-Staircase National Monument: There are many hikes and sights in and around the Grand-Staircase National Monument to fill your days at Yonder Escalante, but here are a few worth mentioning: Big/Little Horn, Lower Calf Creek Falls, Devils Garden, Male Trail, Golden Cathedral, and Cosmic Ashtray. Make sure to get the All Trails App for the most up-to-date hiking information.
  • Discover Bryce Canyon National Park: Located about an hour west of Yonder Escalante, Bryce Canyon is the closest national park to the property. Featuring the otherworldly, reddish-orange hoodoos, admire the park from above or descend down into the spire-shaped rock formations. Click here for more information about Bryce Canyon as well as the other Mighty 5 National Parks.
  • Visit Zion National Park: This is easily one of the most popular National Parks in the USA and should not be missed when road tripping through Utah. Learn everything you need to know about getting around in Zion National Park via the provided shuttle bus service as well as about hiking the incredible Angels Landing.
  • Drive Through Capitol Reef National Park: Though it is the least popular of the Mighty 5 National Parks, Capitol Reef is still breathtaking. Giant red sandstone cliffs greet you as you enter into the small lush river valley. Don’t let its size fool you because the best sights are actually off the beaten track. To find out more about this hidden gem, click here.

Looking for other amazing sights Utah has to offer, check out our quick travel guide The Mighty 5: A Guide To Southern Utah’s Best National Parks.

Tip: If you plan to book Yonder in advance, we recommend getting an RV spot on the west side of the property. We personally liked them better since they are closer to the main lodge and the outdoor movie theater. Cabin #31 is our favorite. 

Best viewpoint along Burr Trail | Bare Escape
Burr Trail Viewpoint
The Singing Canyon at Escalante | Bare Escape
Singing Canyon
The last stretch of the 5.4mile hike to Angels Landing in Zion National Park in Utah
Angel's Landing
The Mighty 5: Southern Utah's Best National Parks | Bare Escape
Bryce Canyon

Best Restaurants & Cafes Near Yonder Escalante

Hells Backbone Grill: This delicious farm-to-table restaurant is located about an hour from Yonder Escalante in Boulder. It is always busy, so get there right when it opens at 4 PM to avoid long wait times. We went at around 6 and had to wait two hours to get seated since they don’t take reservations!

Escalante Outfitters: This was our go-to restaurant while staying at Yonder Escalante. It is located right in the town of Escalante, around 10 minutes from Yonder. The menu features pizza, sandwiches, and salads so there is something for everyone. We also loved their small outdoor patio, perfect for watching the sunset while enjoying your meal.

Kiva Koffeehouse: Somewhere between Yonder Escalante and Boulder Utah is Kiva Koffeehouse, literally in the middle of nowhere. With sweeping views and great coffee, it provides the perfect break during your drive through the mesmerizing Grand-Staircase National Monument. If Yonder is sold out during the time of your visit, look into the Kiva Kottage Escalante, right next to the coffee shop.

Escalante Outfitters outdoor restaurant | Bare Escape
Escalante Outfitters
Kiva Koffeehouse with views of Escalante | Bare Escape
Kiva Koffeehouse
Hells Backbone Grill a farm to table restaurant near Escalante | Bare Escape
Hells Backbone Grill

Circle D: Also right in the town of Escalante, Circle D is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Though we didn’t try their food, we only heard great things. We did, however, stop by to get their house-made masala chai, twice!

Ranch Dog Kitchen: On your way out of the town of Escalante is Ranch Dog, their menu focuses primarily on fresh and delicious hotdogs. Check their hours to make sure they are open before you go.

Ranch Dog Kitchen Escalante | Bare Escape
Ranch Dog Kitchen Escalante

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