I have got to get to Utah to explore. It truly is a special place! The Circle D Motel & Restaurant looks like a cute place to catch some rest before heading out onto your adventures in the Escalante and Capitol Reef National Park area. HLAW’s social media manager April and Ambassador Jessica gave the place a try. Below are their thoughts.


Southern Utah sure seems to be on a lot of outdoor enthusiasts’ bucket lists. I am pretty happy to call this place my home, and I was even more excited when fellow HLAW ambassador Jessica Hubbard told me she was going to get on a train and head my way from her home in Iowa – after all, her heart always seems to settle in the west. This time, she had her heart set on the areas of Escalante and Capitol Reef National Park. Two of my favorite areas and two locations that make the perfect long-weekend loop – and boy were we about to embark on some awesome adventures!

We were lucky enough to stay at the Circle D Motel & Eatery in Escalante for our first day and night. Earlier in the day I took Jessica to one of my favorite lesser known canyons to hike near the Cannonville area, not too far from the town of Escalante. After a very pleasant hike we checked into our hotel, had a great chat with the manager Robert, and were welcomed to our clean and comfy room. All the amenities we could need were there, including a microwave and mini fridge – that would later store Jessica’s leftovers from the delicious and filling dinner at the restaurant!

Speaking of dinner, I don’t even know where to begin about how good the food at Circle D is. This was my second time visiting and both times the meals and service were superb. I indulged in a black bean burger and their specialty pasta salad, as well as a tasty adult beverage – the perfect end to a humbling day in the outdoors. Trust me, I wanted a full on cheeseburger (which is what I had the first time I visited!), but felt a small bit of guilt seeing as I just ate one the night before…only a small bit of guilt. Our server, Abbe and the restaurant manager, Kim were super friendly and really took care of us. So much so that Jessica and I joked about feeling like royalty! The entire crew at Circle D really has the customer service thing down, and I’m already looking forward to our next stay, or perhaps an HLAW retreat???


Wanderlust had been calling my name for the last few months, so when fellow Hike Like a Woman Ambassador, April suggested a visit to Utah, I put my travel plans in motion and booked a train trip out West. And, the timing couldn’t have been more perfect. The Circle D Restaurant and Eatery had recently invited Hike Like a Woman to a night’s stay and dinner in beautiful Escalante, Utah.

Within driving distance of Bryce Canyon National Park, Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, and Capitol Reef National Park, Circle D makes for the perfect pit stop along the way. Just off of Utah’s scenic Highway 12, this little oasis offers easy access to a bite to eat and a good night’s sleep. Nestled in between Utah red rock and stunning sunsets, Circle D provides a stopping point for weary and hungry travelers.

Upon our arrival, April and I were greeted with a smile by Robert, the motel manager. He was helpful and willing to answer any questions we had about Escalante and the surrounding area. The motel office offered an assortment of maps and informational brochures on places to see and things to do as well as books for sale written by local authors. We were able to park directly in front of our room which made unloading our gear and packs easy and quick. The room itself was clean and tidy with hard surfaced floors and modern updates.

Located directly next to the motel is the Circle D Eatery. The restaurant offers breakfast, lunch, dinner and even an espresso bar for those coffee lovers out there. The menu is varied and all beef is sourced from a local rancher who practices free-range grazing for their cattle – a plus in my book. Circle D also offers vegetarian food choices if you prefer.

Kim, the eatery manager, checked on us after we were seated and let us know someone would be with us shortly. I ordered the fish taco dinner and was pleasantly surprised by the amount of food as well as the taste. Our waitress, Abbe was attentive and made sure we had everything we needed to ensure an enjoyable meal. The restaurant offers indoor and outdoor seating. The atmosphere is casual and relaxed, and staff is friendly and helpful.

Overall, Circle D provided a welcoming and positive travel and dining experience, and will definitely be on my list of overnight stays for future visits to beautiful Utah.

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