Grand Staircase-Escalante Nat Monument

  • Grand Staircase  - © flickr user Bureau of Land Managent
  • Bull Valley  - © flickr user Greater Southern Exploration
  • Grand Staircase-Escalante  - © wiki user Bureau fo Land Management
  • Grand Staircase-Escalante  - © wiki user Wolfgang Staudt
  • Grand-Staircase-Escalante  - © Maxpixel
  • Metate Arch  - © wiki user John Fowler
  • Pinnacle-Grand-Staircase-Escalante  - © Maxpixel
  • Wilis Creek   - © flickr user Achilli Family
  • Willis Creek  - © wiki user Inklein
  • Willis Creek Slot Canyon  - © flickr user Achilli family

Key information: Grand Staircase-Escalante Nat Monument

  • This huge area in southern Utah includes sandstone canyons and slot canyons, high plateau and outlandish formations. Some excellent walking.

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  • Beauty33
  • Natural interest17
  • Human interest2
  • Charisma32
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  • Length: Your Choice
  • Maximum Altitude: Around 3,000m
  • Level of Difficulty: Variable

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Willis Creek  - © wiki user Inklein


This huge area in southern Utah includes sandstone canyons and slot canyons, high plateaus and outlandish formations – and a lot of slickrock (bare sandstone).

The Grand Staircase in the west is a series of widely spread, vivid cliffs which descends from near Bryce Canyon to the north rim of the Grand Canyon. They are home to some fine trails and well-known slot canyons, including Bull Valley Gorge, Lick Wash and Willis Creek.

In the middle is the 50 Mile Mountain, or Kaiparowits Plateau.

In the east are the Escalante Canyons. The Devl’s Garden, Harris Wash and lower Coyote Gulch are good hiking areas. Fantastic slot canyons include Soppky, Brimstone and Peekaboo canyons – although, if slot canyons are your thing, you should consider heading over to world-famous Buckskin Gulch and Paria Canyon, which are not that far off.

This can be tough walking in dry, remote mountains and canyons with uncertain weather. Come fully prepared, and carry enough water. Flash flood in narrow canyons are a particular, deadly risk.

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Pinnacle-Grand-Staircase-Escalante  - © Maxpixel

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