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Grand Staircase-escalante National Monument

Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument

The Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument is the largest national monument and is home to some of the most stunning geologic features and scenic views.

The monument is also named for the series of topographic benches and cliffs that step progressively up in elevation & stretching from the floor of the Grand Canyon, rising all the way to Escalante River Canyon and Bryce Canyon.

Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, Hikes & Camping Map

This fascinating geologic feature provides spectacular views of the natural stairway and tells the story of more than 200 million years of rich history. The vibrantly colored stairway features rises of different cliffs, which include Vermilion, White, Gray, and Pink Cliffs. This succession stands out because each cliff is distanced from the other with increasingly taller edges, making it a scenic view.

These numerous cliffs make the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument the perfect location backcountry adventures. Paria Canyon is one of the most popular places for backcountry hiking, stretching from the White House Trailhead to the Lees Ferry located on the majestic Colorado River. This trail takes hikers through narrow meandering slots for the adventure of a lifetime.

For visitors in need of an easy hike, the Lower Half Creek does not disappoint. This six-mile round trip allows hikers to explore the monument and track the creek’s route through the scenic canyon before winding up at a beautiful waterfall. The route also allows hikers to spot relics left behind by pioneers, as well as old granary ruins.

The Dry Fork Slot Canyons make up a remote part of the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument. These canyons are characterized by narrow trails, curved walls, and giant obstacles. This hiking route has moderate difficulty, making it ideal for inexperienced hikers. Interesting spots along this route include the Spooky and Brimstone Gulch.

Visiting the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument would be incomplete without taking the Hwy 12 Scenic Byway. Just as the name suggests, this scenic route is one of Utah’s most beautiful routes, which is a two-hour journey that winds through the rugged landscape.

Look out for eateries at Boulder, picnic sites at Lower Calf Creek Falls Recreation, and colorful canyons at Red Canyon.

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