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
Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument
From Escalante in the north to Glen Canyon National Recreation Area in the south, and from Bryce Canyon National Park on its western edge to Capitol Reef National Park on the east, Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument offers a diverse landscape rich in history and natural wonders. From Navajo sandstone cliffs, narrow slot canyons, natural arches, monoliths and spires to winding rivers and streams, high desert, dinosaur tracks and fossils…you’ll find it all within the boundaries of Grand Staircase Escalante National
Where does the Grand Staircase name come from?
The Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument is a rather long name, but this national monument certainly warrants your attention. The monument is most often referred to, by locals, simply as “The Staircase”.
The name comes from the land formations of the region that are literally lined up in staircase fashion. Click on this image below to see an illustration of the formations that
Escalante, Utah is a great place to stay for a destination vacation. From Escalante you can venture out to all degrees of the compass and find something unique and exciting. To learn more about this town click on these links for additional details about Escalante Utah (About Escalante, Lodging, Dining)
The Town: Centrally located along Scenic Byway 12, Escalante is a historic pioneer town
Today mark’s the beginning of another exciting year of travel in the Bryce Canyon Country region. We encourage you to plan a multiple day experience in this are so you can capture the true beauty and spirit of America’s most spectacular scenic destination.
People are coming to realize that there is no place in the world that looks quite like Bryce Canyon. When you combine Bryce with nearby attractions like the Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument, Kodachrome Basin State