The Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument is a vast tract of land (1.7 million acres) that connects Glen Canyon National Recreation Area with Capitol Reef and Bryce Canyon National Parks. The nation’s newest monument is largely desert wilderness. Hike the canyons, view wildlife, explore and photograph the remote areas.
The boundaries of Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument were modified in December 2017, which reduced the size of the overall monument and separated the monument into three distinct units: Grand Staircase, Kaiparowits, and Escalante Canyon. For more information about the size reduction of the monument and the new boundaries for each of the three new sections, please visit this link.
Stop at Grosvenor Arch, located nine miles south of Kodachrome Basin State Park. The towering arch lies along Cottonwood Canyon Road Scenic Backway, a dry-weather road in the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument.
Calf Creek Recreation Area
Hike about three miles to the lower falls that cascade 126 feet from a rock cliff. Calf Creek Recreation Area lies between Escalante and Boulder on Scenic Byway 12.
Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument and Dinosaurs
The 1.7 million acres of the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument has history, literally, right at your feet. Within the boundaries of this national monument, fossil records of the earth and its inhabitants date back more than 70 million years. Through the fossils they have found, paleontologists have shown that this arid desert has at different times been an ocean, lake, and swamp. Fossil types include fish, turtles, sharks teeth, plant life and dinosaurs. Many of the dinosaurs were first discovered at Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument. Several dinosaur tracks have also been found throughout the monument. Professional digs in the area completed as recently as 2001 have led to some of very exciting dinosaur finds. In fact, the paleontologists that have done work in the area say that Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument has the highest concentrations of dinosaur fossils found anywhere in the world. You can go fossil hunting and explore the history of the earth, but remember to leave what you find so that others may have the same exciting experience.