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
Coyote Gulch winds through the Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument’s red rock backcountry. The full length of this popular Escalante River Canyon is about 11.5 miles roundtrip and requires a good deal of stamina—with a pretty spectacular payoff. Highlights along the way include Stevens Arch and Jacob Hamblin Arch, Coyote Natural Bridge, and Crack-in-the-Rock.
Coyote Gulch is located about 30 miles
The Escalante River and some of its tributaries wind through the Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument, creating a maze of intricate canyons just waiting to be explored. While many of the Escalante River slot canyons are accessible from Glen Canyon National Recreation Area and the southern tip of Lake Powell, Hole-in-the-Rock Road offers vehicular access from Escalante to several popular slot canyons in
A walk into the lower Calf Creek Falls is an opportunity for multiple experiences. The trail head is found at the Calf Creek campground just fifteen miles east of the town of Escalante on Scenic Byway 12. The waters of Calf Creek begin on the Boulder Mountains and the creek eventually enters the Escalante River drainage.
The Calf Creek Falls hike is approximately 2.5 miles (each direction) and winds
Near Bryce Canyon is a hidden gem, the Dixie National Forest, residing in the forest is Red Canyon. Several day trips and hikes are accessible in Red Canyon. One of the most popular trails in Red Canyon is the Arches Trail. The trail is accessed through the Lossee Trailhead by driving approximately 2 miles east on SR 12 from US 89. There will be a sign for Lossee/Casto. Turn north onto this road and drive two miles to
Bryce Canyon National Park has dozens of miles of hiking trails, ranging from easy to backcountry—and everything in between. There’s something for everyone, so lace up your hiking boots and get ready to explore scenic Bryce Canyon on foot.
The 4.7-mile Rim Trail connects some of the most popular overlooks in Bryce Canyon National Park, including Sunrise Point, Sunset Point, Inspiration Point, and Bryce Point. The section between Sunrise and
With a name like Devil’s Garden, you would expect to see some strange things and that’s exactly what you will find. Devil’s Garden is a small series of formations that seem to pop up out of the desert floor for no apparent reason. This attraction is found just 10 miles down the Hole In The Rock road within the Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument.
There are so many different shapes that you can’t really characterize the Devil’s Garden in one or two
This is a lesser know, even secret, place to experience the scenic wonders of this region. Kodachrome Basin State Park is an ideal place to relax, hike, mountain bike, enjoy a picnic, camp, horseback ride, shoot photographs or even paint a picture. Kodachrome Basin was named by the National Geographic Society, and this state park contains many unique spires and chimneys that take on an ethereal glow at sunrise and sunset.
Utah’s five national parks are all spectacular scenic attractions, but nowhere are the forces of nature more strikingly apparent than at Bryce Canyon National Park. At this park you’ll find distinctly shaped towers of stone that have been formed by unique erosion factors.
These formations, called Hoodoos, rise from the canyon floor, and add an air of mystery and splendor to the landscape. This twenty mile long national park offers a series of
Some people just love to squeeze into narrow, dark, and convoluted spaces. If that descriptions fits you, then the Bryce Canyon region is the right place for some excellent slot canyon exploration. The term canyoneering is frequently used in this region to describe the act of exploring slot canyons. Canyoneering can entail a variety of activities, but most often it involves hiking through canyons, and it also may include some rappelling and rock scrambling. When you are