Escalante Headwaters Landscape Restoration Strategy

Ecological Significance:

Landscapes associated with these Escalante river watersheds have provided ecological, social and economic benefit to rural, local communities for more than a century. Early settlements were founded upon farming, ranching and wood product businesses that utilized available natural resources. The small rural towns of Escalante and Boulder, Utah have continued these uses while also adapting to tourist trade and other service sector jobs.

Ecologically, these watersheds form the primary headwaters for the Escalante River, a primary river system of the Colorado River. These headwater drainages are characterized with forested landscapes that transition to desert landscapes as elevation changes. The water that flows through the systems is extremely important for beneficial uses to communities and for establishing these ecologically important riparian systems.

Strategy Design:

This restoration strategy looks to maintain the cultural and ecological significance of the region while providing economic opportunities that support local rural community employment. The strategy is developed along four predominant themes: Motorized Travel Management, Restoration of Forest Vegetation Stand Structure, Invasive and Invading Species Management, and Rural Community Stability and Protection.

Escalante Headwaters Landscape Restoration Strategy document


View from Hells Backbone







Escalante Headwaters Photo Gallery


CFLRP Escalante Headwaters Map