Utah’s red rock desert and canyon country attractions have so much to offer visitors. One place that should be included in your plans to visit Southern Utah is Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument. The area is loaded with incredible scenery and provides an endless amount of outdoor fun.
The region features vast tracts of striking landscape and so much opportunity to enjoy it. Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument connects various recreation areas with Bryce Canyon National Park, so visiting both on your tour of Southern Utah is a great idea. The higher elevation of Bryce offers a nice opportunity to cool down in the summer. Plus, the variety of colors between the two areas is particularly striking. Visitors can plan practically any type of outdoor activity to enjoy.
Enjoy the Scenery of Grand Staircase-Escalante
Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument presents a vast wilderness of amazing scenery that is both quintessentially Utah and entirely unique to the area. From breathtaking landscapes to wildlife viewing and stargazing, the area is a feast for the eyes. Photographers love the wealth of subject material, and the scenery provides the perfect backdrop for outdoor adventure.
What to Do in Grand Staircase-Escalante
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Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument is a great place to enjoy outdoor adventure. Famous trails like Upper and Lower Calf Creek Falls highlight miles of hiking opportunities. There are fantastic spaces in the area to enjoy ATV riding and mountain biking as well.
Thousands of visitors flock to Grand Staircase-Escalante each year to feel the thrill of exploring its slot canyons. The incredible beauty of attractions like Zebra Slot Canyon and Spooky Gulch is as alluring as their names. For those interested in a longer excursion, Coyote Gulch offers a long but non-technical opportunity to explore the wonders of Escalante.
One of the most rewarding attractions in this desert landscape is the water. Whether you soak in Calf Creek or the Escalante River after a hike or take to Wide Hollow Reservoir near Escalante Petrified Forest, the water is particularly refreshing. The fishing is also great.
When you need a break from your adventures, you can turn your attention to the abundance of eating and shopping available in the charming nearby towns.
Start planning your visit to Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument and Bryce Canyon today. The many attractions, activities and out-of-this-world beauty will provide you with the experience of a lifetime.