“Where natural enchantment is abundant!”
Grand Staircase-Escalante spans many acres of America's public lands and contains three distinct units, Grand Staircase, Kaiparowits, and Escalante Canyon. The Monument was the last place in the continental United States to be mapped.From its spectacular Grand Staircase of cliffs and terraces, across the rugged Kaiparowits Plateau, to the wonders of the Escalante River Canyons, the Monument is a diverse geologic treasure speckled with monoliths, slot canyons, natural bridges, and arches. The Monument is an outstanding biological resource, spanning five life-zones - from low-lying desert to coniferous forest. Deep within this vast and austere landscape, the Anasazi and Fremont cultures made contact in the period AD 950-1100, leaving behind rock art panels, occupation sites, campsites and granaries. Stepping further back in time, fossil excavations have yielded more information about ecosystem change at the end of the dinosaur era than any other place in the world. The Monument’s size, resources, and remote character provide extraordinary opportunities for geologists, paleontologists, archeologists, historians, and biologists in scientific research, education, and exploration. This unspoiled natural area remains a frontier with countless opportunities for quiet recreation and solitude.
Grand Staircase-Escalante is a beautiful place to drive through and hike around a bit. The area of the monument is ginormous, so there's everything from forest land to desert and everything in between. Two of the best drives I've ever taken--the Burr Trail from Boulder, Utah and Highway 12 from Boulder into the town of Escalante--were within the national monument.
My boyfriend and I are taking a road trip across the country, and I really would have loved to have seen the staircase, unfortunately it was raining and it should be noted the entire rout is dirt roads (I was not aware of this beforehand) . Plan according because we got stuck and ended up paying for a tow truck to come get us. I’m disappointed we didn’t see it.
Grand Staircase-Escalante is absolutely worth exploring. Although you'll find plenty of scenic drives, be sure to get out of the car for a hike. My favorite is the trail to Lower Calf Creek Falls. If you're visiting during the busy tourist season, go early in the day. A dip in the pool of the falls is the reward on a hot, summer day.
This place looks awesome!! Let's check it out and see what adventures we can get into! Dad- there will be great photo ops here!
See my Trip Advisor reveiw of Highway 12 or blog post at justjeffaz.artistwebsites.com
One of my all time favs
Grand Staircase-Escalante is truly incredible. Multicolored sandstone cliffs, ancient Native American settlements, abandoned Western movie sets, and stunning scenery. The Escalante Canyons are the more popular and less remote unit, but if you're feeling adventurous, head to the Grand Staircase. It's worth it-- just you and the rocks!
Drove through from Bryce to Zion into Escalante on UT hwy 12. Many outlook stops.
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