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The Domínguez-Escalante Expedition was led by Franciscan missionaries Father Francisco Atanasio Domínguez and Father Silvestre Velez de Escalante to explore a possible route from Santa Fe, New Mexico to Monterey, California by heading northwest out of Santa Fe. The route took the party up into Utah, crossed the Green River and headed west. They crossed into the southern portion of present day Utah Valley near what is now Spanish Fork.

Further Reading:

The Domínguez-Escalante Journal: Their Expedition Through Colorado, Utah, Arizona, and New Mexico in 1776
Translated by Angelico Chavez; edited by Ted J. Warner. (Provo, Utah: Brigham Young University Press, 1976). 203 p.
Contains the full text of the journal in both Spanish and English.

Diario y Derrotero: The Itinerary and Diary of Francisco Atanasio Domínguez and Francisco Silvestre Vélez de Escalante. Edited by Jarom McDonald. Includes a fine introduction, digtized images of the original diary, a Spanish transcription, and an English translation.

Escalante Trail Historical Marker comemorating the expedition.