Escalante Desert looking southwest from the Lund Highway
|Name origin: Silvestre Vélez de Escalante, who explored the area in 1776|
|Part of||Escalante Desert-Sevier Lake watershed
of Basin and Range Province
|- location||peripheral range[specify]|
|- elevation||5,700 ft (1,737 m)|
|- location||in Lund Flats ~1 mi northwest of Lund|
|- elevation||5,069.5 ft (1,545 m)|
|Area||3,270 sq mi (8,469 km2) |
|Biome||Deserts and xeric shrublands|
The Escalante Desert is northwest of Cedar City in Iron County, Utah, and extends into part of Millard County. The region spans most of Iron County, which annually has 13 inches (330 mm) rainfall and 5.9 feet (1.8 m) snowfall. The Escalante region also lies primarily between State Route 56 and Route 21, as well as north and west of Interstate 15.
- "Escalante Desert-Sevier Lake: Subregion 1603, Accounting Unit 160300". USGS.gov. Retrieved 2010-05-03. 16,200 sq mi (42,000 km2)
- "USGS Elevation Web Service Query". United States Geological Survey. Retrieved 2010-02-19. 5069.53 ft (Lund Flats)
- "Region 16: Great Basin Region". USGS.gov. Retrieved 2010-05-03.
- U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Escalante Desert (1440959), Escalante Valley (1440962), Lund Flats (1430016), Lund (1430015), Beryl Junction (1437499)
- "Best Places to Live...Utah". BestPlaces.net.
Iron County, UT, gets 13 inches of rain per year
- William R. Lund, Southern Utah Office (December 21, 2005). "Earth Fissures near Beryl Junction in the Escalante Desert".
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