Grand Staircase - Escalante National Monument

Escalante, Utah

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The huge hunk of the Colorado Plateau encompassed by the Grand Staircase–Escalante National Monument is divided into three physiographic regions, each distinct and extremely scenic: the canyons of the Escalante, which the Hole-in-the-Rock Road (Ride 55) accesses; the mesas and deep canyons of the Kaiparowits Plateau at the center of the monument; and the Grand Staircase, a series of colorful cliffs ascending northward in the west-southwestern part of the monument. The Chocolate Cliffs are of the Chinle formation (of the Tri-assic period); the Pink Cliffs, of the Claron formation (Tertiary). The “risers” and “treads” between include the Vermilion Cliffs (Moenavi and Kayenta formations; Jurassic period), the White Cliffs (Navajo formation; Jurassic), and the Gray Cliffs (Dakota formation; Cretaceous). General location: Grand Staircase–Escalante National Monument is immense (1.7 million acres), encompassing most of southern Utah between the Colorado River and Bryce Canyon National Park.
Mountain Bike! Southern Utah

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Mountain Bike! Southern Utah

by Michael McCoy (Menasha Ridge Press)

The huge hunk of the Colorado Plateau encompassed by the Grand Staircase–Escalante National Monument is divided into three physiographic regions, each distinct and extremely scenic: the canyons of the Escalante, which the Hole-in-the-Rock Road (Ride 55) accesses; the mesas and deep canyons of the Kaiparowits Plateau at the center of the monument; and the Grand Staircase, a series of colorful cliffs ascending northward in the west-southwestern part of the monument.

The Chocolate Cliffs are of the Chinle formation (of the Tri-assic period); the Pink Cliffs, of the Claron formation (Tertiary). The “risers” and “treads” between include the Vermilion Cliffs (Moenavi and Kayenta formations; Jurassic period), the White Cliffs (Navajo formation; Jurassic), and the Gray Cliffs (Dakota formation; Cretaceous). General location: Grand Staircase–Escalante National Monument is immense (1.7 million acres), encompassing most of southern Utah between the Colorado River and Bryce Canyon National Park.

©  Michael McCoy/Menasha Ridge Press. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Mountain Biking
Nearby City: Escalante
Trail Type: Several options
Technical Difficulty: Easy to Difficult
Physical Difficulty: Easy to Difficult
Duration: Varies depending on routes chosen
Season: April through May; September through October
Local Contacts: Escalante Interagency Visitor Center, 435-826-5499
Local Maps: Obtain the fold-out map distributed free of charge by the BLM
Driving Directions: Directions to Grand Staircase - Escalante National Monument

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