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Escalante Cabins & RV Park resides in a rural countryside location in the southcentral region of Utah. The property includes four cabins, one vacation home, one vacation casita, ten tent sites, and seventy-six full hookup RV slips. Trees, views, cliffs, dark skies, and mountains surround the environment, emanating a generally quiet atmosphere. Several attractions, such as Peek-a-Boo and Spooky Slot Canyons, Hole-In-The-Rock Road, Devil's Garden, and Calf Creek Falls, are near the campground. Property-wide Wi-Fi is available to guests during their stay, as well as air conditioning and heat in the cabins and vacation homes. The park started with one cabin and twenty-seven RV slips, but several additions to the property have included additional cabins and rentals, more machines in the laundromat, more RV sites, as well as larger, premium RV sites, and updates to the interior and exterior of all the structures.
Escalante Cabins & RV Park is located in the southern region of Utah, taking up 24.25 acres of land. Jenae and Steve Westhoff, the current owners, have built and worked to maintain the campground since opening in 2016. The property features four cabins, one vacation rental home, one vacation casita, ten tent sites, and seventy-six RV slips. Two of the cabins were created with reclaimed lumber, and a couple other cabins are built from logs that were harvested from within a hundred miles of the property. The tent area includes a "bathroom cabin" with a tankless hot water heater that does not run out of hot water. All RV sites include full hookups, and the majority of the RV sites are pull-through sites, with some back-in sites available. Within the property, there is a leash-free dog run, showers, a laundromat, a game area, and a playground for kids.
A few attractions that are within one hour that the owner recommends include Calf Creek Falls, Escalante River Canyon, and Devil's Garden. The Hole-In-The-Rock Road can provide many adventures and begins six miles from the campground. The area is often known for the many hikes, arches, and petroglyphs near the campground. According to the owner, Highway 12 that runs through Escalante is a popular scenic byway that visitors drive on just to see the constantly changing scenery. Furthermore, Escalante is the closest town to the Hole-In-The-Rock Road, which is a heritage site. Vehicle rentals can be found in Escalante for guests who want to experience these roads in a jeep. About an hour north of the campground is the Aquarius Plateau that features various hikes and trails, and is the top of the southwest desert's "Grand Staircase." Other notable hikes include Calf Creek Falls and Peek-a-Boo and Spooky Slot Canyons. Additionally, for those searching for a place to eat, the owners suggest various local eateries, including one that has been recommended for a James Beard Award.
The property provides guests with many amenities such as property-wide Wi-Fi, air-conditioned and heated cabins, and vacation rentals that include private bathrooms and come fully equipped with bedding and towels. Additionally, propane and ice are available, as well as firewood for the firepits. A smoke-free section is available within the property to those who need or prefer to avoid wood-burning fires. Each RV site includes a picnic table for the guest's use.
The location of the property is a rural countryside area with many trees and mountains. The office building of Escalante Cabins & RV Park features a retail area that offers local artwork, jewelry, cards, gifts created by local artists, fresh eggs, and other similar products. Additionally, the campground can accommodate visitors with horses with advance notice. The campground also welcomes guests with their dogs in the RV and tent areas as long as the dogs remain on a leash at all times and do not disturb other guests. Some of the events that Jenae and Steve encourage guests to participate in are the Escalante Canyons Art Festival and the Escalante Marathon. Many visitors come to Escalante to see the Grand-Staircase Escalante National Monument, surrounding the area of Escalante Cabins & RV Park. The Grand-Staircase Escalante National Monument contains numerous slot canyons, waterfalls, arches, and petroglyphs.
A fair amount of guests have described the overall atmosphere of the area to be quiet and scenic. One specific patron commented about the owner's service during their stay saying, "The owners are making improvements in the campground every day, adding trees for future shade and bushes for more privacy. It's in an excellent location, easy to get to several national parks and lots of hikes close by." One of Jenae and Steve's favorite parts of owning and operating Escalante Cabins & RV Park is meeting new people. The property welcomes guests of all ages and often receives visitors from all over the world.
In 1996, a campground developer purchased the land that is now known as Escalante Cabins & RV Park, in hopes of building an RV Park. After failing to complete the project, the entrepreneur ended up abandoning the unfinished project. For nearly two decades, travelers would pass the uncompleted project on Scenic Byway 12. In 2016, the current owners, Steve and Jenae Westhoff, who had lived in Escalante for many years and loved the area, decided to purchase the property and work toward completing the project. They had some hospitality business experience and knew the local area well and were in search of a project. They purchased the ground and made the first RV sites available to the traveling public in the fall of 2016.
Jenae and Steve have worked with the original foundation since buying the property. After straightening the foundation, which was the only structural thing left when they first bought the land, they began building on top of the foundation and changing the layout of the campground. The park started with one cabin that rapidly expanded into three more additional cabins and two vacation homes. Jenae and Steve have worked to maintain and update the interior and exterior of the main building, rental units, and RV slips, adding landscaping and always striving to make it a visual asset on Scenic Byway 12 and an improvement to the area for visitors coming to enjoy the Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument. Their goal is to work towards having more guests who want to stay longer. They have additional plans for the future so all the patrons may have a great experience during their stay, and will give guests the desire to visit again.