Grand Staircase Visual

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Sometimes you have to paint your verbal picture with a real picture that truly illustrates what something looks like.  In this case, we are referring to the Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument.

A view of three of the steps that are part of the Grand Staircase

This photo is taken from the Kaibab Plateau which is where the North Rim of the Grand Canyon is found. From this plateau you can look north and view three of the main steps

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Preparing to go into the Backcountry

Veering off the beaten path is a great way to experience Bryce Canyon Country’s rugged beauty. But the backcountry can be a dangerous place, even for experienced explorers. Here are some tips to help you prepare for your backcountry adventures.

A view into the backcountry from your car along Scenic Byway 12.

The Basics
1. Plan ahead. Being as informed as possible about the area you intend to explore is one of the best ways to stay safe. Consider things like

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Guided Experiences in Bryce Canyon Country

Utah Guided ATV Tours

The recreation opportunities are endless in Bryce Canyon Country. But with so many choices, where do you start? A guided adventure can be a great way to experience all that this spectacular region has to offer.

Aerial charters and tours are a great way to get a bird’s eye view of scenic Bryce Canyon Country. Whether you’re seeking an exhilarating helicopter flight, scenic airplane ride, or simply want to float above the canyons in a hot air

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Grosvenor Arch

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Grosvenor Arch is a remarkable sight, a massive sandstone formation standing more than 150 feet high and spanning 92 feet across. The natural double arch is located within Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument, about ten miles southeast of Kodachrome Basin State Park.

Grosvenor Arch is located just below Kodachrome Basin State Park on the Cottonwood Canyon road.

The arch was named by photographers of the National Geographic Society during a 1949 expedition, in honor of the group’s president Gilbert Hovey

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Highway 12 On The Today Show

Scenic Byway 12 was highlighted on the Today show this week.   Jenna Bush Hager, one of the twin daughters of George W. Bush takes viewers on a scenic tour of Scenicy Byway 12 near Bryce Canyon and through the Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument.   View the story here.

Scenic Byway 12 Featured on the Today Show

Scenic Byway 12 – Interpretive Info. Locations

Scenic Byway 12 winds east-west through the heart of Bryce Canyon Country, leading travelers through some of the most remote and awe-inspiring scenery in southern Utah.  A virtual passage through time, Scenic Byway 12 bears witness to eroded cliffs, Native American cliff dwellings, and authentic pioneer structures that stand today as a testament to the area’s rich geologic and human history.  Beginning on the southwest end near Panguitch at the junction of Highway 89, Scenic Byway 12 traverses for 124

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Scenic Byway 12 – Waysides: Part 2

Head of the Rocks / Boynton Overlook / Escalante River Trailhead /
Calf Creek Recreation Area / The Hogback / Homestead Overlook
Continuing east from the Upper Valley Graineries along Scenic Byway 12, Head of the Rocks Overlook is located in the Escalante Canyons between Escalante and Boulder.  The overlook offers panoramic views across the slickrock canyons, with the Boulder Mountains to the north, the Henry Mountains to the east, and the Navajo Mountains to the southwest.  This overlook is a

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The Grand Staircase – So Much To See & Do!

The Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, one of the newest national monuments in the national park system, is truly a wonder to behold; it contains 1.7 million acres of land, more than six thousand vertical feet of alternating cliffs, slopes, and terraces, and extends from the Utah / Arizona border just north rim of the Grand Canyon to the Paunsaugunt Plateau in southern Utah. Laid out like giant stairs, each “riser” is about 2,000 feet high and each “tread” is a

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The Hole In The Rock Expedition

In December of 1879 approximately 80 wagons, consisting of 250 men, women and children, gathered about 40 miles southeast of Escalante, Utah. They were prepared, with supplies, for a six week journey to establish a new community in southeastern Utah. Unfortunately the trek actually took six months to complete.

An artist's depiction of the Hole In The Rock expedition. This and other scenes may be viewed at an outdoor exhibit at the North end of

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