By: Stewart Aitchison
In 1879, 230 settlers in southwestern Utah heeded the call from leaders of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints to pull up stakes and move to the distant Sand Juan River country of southeastern Utah. Their six-month-long journey became one of the most extraordinary wagon trips ever undertaken in North America, their trail one of peril, difficulty, and spectacular vistas. Beginning in Cedar City, Utah, this trail crosses today's Dixie National Forest, skirts Bryce Canyon National Park, bisects the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, crosses the Glen Canyon Nation Recreation Area, and comes close to Natural Bridges National Monument on its way to Bluff, Utah. In addition to the historical value of the story of these pioneers, this guide includes road logs, maps, and hiking trails along the historic trail. It also points out fascinating natural history along the way, making A Guide to Southern Utah's Hole-in-the-Rock Trail a significant reference for a variety of readers.