From the bloggers at Watson Wander.
We left Bryce Canyon last weekend not knowing if our intended destination of Escalante was going to be feasible. You see, this tiny, remote town on the edge of the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument has a reputation for being a dead zone for cell service.
I know, I know…you’re sick of hearing about our never ending quest for a cell signal. Probably as much as I’m sick of writing about it. But the fact is that if we aren’t connected then we can’t work. And if we can’t work, we can’t travel. So until we win the lottery (fat chance since we don’t play) this is our reality.
Our first stop was at the national monument visitor center at the edge of town. We hoped to get some maps of the area along with information about the rumored permits needed to disperse camp on monument land. Well, it turns out that the visitor center is not open on the weekends this time of year.
Real helpful. While there we checked both our AT&T phones and our Verizon Mifi device. The phones were pulling in full bars of E (unusable for data) and the Mifi a 1XRTT signal (also unusable for data). It was not looking good. We drove through town while monitoring our devices and after a few miles came to the Hole-in-the-Rock Road. A quick right at the start of the road brought us to a popular boondocking area with about 10 RVs spread around a meadow.
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