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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Geology – Bryce Canyon – Grand Staircase

The Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument includes 1.9 million acres of rugged and remote landscape from Escalante to Kanab. The vast monument is divided into three geographically distinct regions consisting of the oldest layers in the southern Grand Staircase section, the central region known as the Kaiparowits Basin, and the northern Escalante Canyons region.

Bryce Canyon Amphitheater

Perhaps most intriguing about Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument is its layered ‘staircase’ effect which reveals a stunning geologic history spanning at least

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Scenic Backroads – Pine Creek – Hell’s Backbone

The combination of Highway 12, Pine Creek Road, and Hell’s Backbone Road create a scenic loop that includes multiple landscapes and points of interest along one driving route, and provides an easy way to see various landmarks in a single day trip.

The loop, which partially traverses areas of the Boulder Mountain, can begin from one of two towns.  The first, Escalante, is a great location to learn more about the area’s history.  In May 2011 the first phase of the Escalante

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Lower Calf Creek Falls

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Calf Creek Falls – Click for larger image.

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

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The Burr Trail – Boulder, Utah to Bullfrog at Lake Powell

This long and scenic road passes through a mid-section of the Burr Trail

Utah’s Burr Trail road is a 66-mile scenic backway that winds through some of the most untamed areas of Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument, Capitol Reef National Park and Glen Canyon National Recreation Area.  The Burr Trail Road is easily accessible from Boulder, at the junction with Scenic Byway 12, near the southern tip of Capitol Reef National Park and the base of Boulder Mountain.

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Devil’s Garden in Grand Staircase-Escalante

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

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Boulder Utah – All Points of the Compass

Upper Calf Creek Falls – Near Boulder Utah

Located at the junction of Scenic Byway 12 and the Burr Trail, Boulder is conveniently situated for exploring scenic Bryce Canyon country. Boulder sits at the base of Boulder Mountain, surrounded by Dixie National Forest to the north and west, and Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument to the south.

The Burr Trail about 10 miles east of Boulder Utah

A drive along Scenic Byway 12 leads to attractions

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Cannonville, Utah – Gateway to Grand Staircase

Utah’s Kodachrome Basin State Park near Bryce Canyon National Park

Just a few miles southeast of Tropic on Scenic Byway 12, Cannonville sits amid breathtaking scenery.
Together with Tropic and Henrieville, Cannonville is part of the scenic Bryce Valley. The three ranching
communities lie along Scenic Byway 12, Utah’s first all-American Road. Cannonville borders Grand
Staircase Escalante National Monument and Dixie national Forest, and offers convenient access to the
intriguing hoodoos of Bryce Canyon National Park and Kodachrome Basin State Park’s colorful sandstone
formations.

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Hole In The Rock Road – Better Mainenance

This is the parking area at the end of Hole In the Rock Road, and the trail head to walk down the historic route of the Hole In The Rock expedition.

Garfield County, Utah has recently reached an agreement with neighboring Kane County to provide maintenance for the entire length of the famous Hole In The Rock road.  The road is accessed just north of Escalante, Utah and runs a southeast course from Scenic Byway 12, on a parallel

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