Grand Staircase - Escalante National Monument

Escalante, Utah

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The unusual name of this monument comes from the series of colorful cliffs and mesas that rise like a giant’s staircase. They extend from Bryce Canyon all the way to the Grand Canyon and cover a vast tract of mostly rugged, remote and undeveloped land. Many canyons have been created by the cutting action of the Escalante and Paria Rivers, as have a variety of unusual geological formations that are so typical of southern Utah. The Grand Staircase has few visitor facilities, which makes it popular among the adventure travel set. Trips into the interior are via rough, unpaved roads, but more developed roads run along the northern and southern edge. There’s much to be seen everywhere in the Grand Staircase, and you’ll find that one portion of the monument is totally unlike another, which makes it all that much more fascinating to visit. This eTrail explains in detail how to tour the park. In addition to a park map the details include driving tours, outdoor recreation, accommodations, campgrounds, dining, and more.
Great American Wilderness: Touring America's National Parks

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Great American Wilderness: Touring America's National Parks

by Larry H. Ludmer (Hunter Publishing)

The unusual name of this monument comes from the series of colorful cliffs and mesas that rise like a giant’s staircase. They extend from Bryce Canyon all the way to the Grand Canyon and cover a vast tract of mostly rugged, remote and undeveloped land. Many canyons have been created by the cutting action of the Escalante and Paria Rivers, as have a variety of unusual geological formations that are so typical of southern Utah. The Grand Staircase has few visitor facilities, which makes it popular among the adventure travel set.

Trips into the interior are via rough, unpaved roads, but more developed roads run along the northern and southern edge. There’s much to be seen everywhere in the Grand Staircase, and you’ll find that one portion of the monument is totally unlike another, which makes it all that much more fascinating to visit. This eTrail explains in detail how to tour the park. In addition to a park map the details include driving tours, outdoor recreation, accommodations, campgrounds, dining, and more.

©  Larry H. Ludmer/Hunter Publishing. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Scenic Drives
Nearby City: Escalante
Season: Year-round, best in spring and fall
Local Contacts: Contact information for the park, accommodations, and dining are included in the eTrail.
Driving Directions: Directions to Grand Staircase - Escalante National Monument

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