Youth Conference

This year for Youth Conference we went to Escalante and visited Dance Hall Rock and Hole in the Rock. It was AWESOME! There is so many beautiful and historical things to see! Before we went on the trek we were able to visit with Brother Roundy, a history buff from the area - he told us how a mission was called from the Iron and Washington county areas for people to settle the San Juan area. After sending a search party for the best route's to get to the San Juan area, it was decided to travel through Escalante and build a road to the Colorado River. They had found a crevice in the sheer rock walls that they thought a wagon could fit through. Once the settlers reached the "hole in the rock" they began to blast the walls of the crevice to make it wider, hauled sand and tree limbs to make a trail down the crevice, and carved roads out of rock to made a way for the wagon to go. The faith of these pioneers amazes me. We even found out that a few of the people in our party were descendents of these early settlers. I feel so blessed for Gary and I being able to be involved with the youth in our ward - they are all so special to us.

Dance Hall Rock - this is where the settlers would "raise their spirits" and have dances.

Looking down from the top of Dance Hall Rock

Along the sandstone were circular openings - it was really bizarre because there really wasn't a way in or out of them and they were so deep!

The scenery between Dance Hall Rock and Hole in the Rock

Looking down from the top of Hole in the Rock

Starting down.

Lake Powell

Can you tell I was trying really hard not to cry? I was so hard getting to this point from the lake - it was all sand and so hard to climb back up!

The stairs that were carved into the side of the crevice

can you imagine bringing a wagon down this?

the rocks that you see piled up on the left are what remains of "Uncle Ben's dugway"-part of the road that they built to give a place for their wagons to go! AMAZING!

1 comment:

  1. Love this hike!! Also cool that you got to hear the history from Jerry Roundy... he's got some neat stories!!