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Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument

UT
435-826-5499
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Ranked #66 of 712 attractions in Utah
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: National Parks, Geologic Formations, Monuments/ Statues
Activities: Camping, Rock climbing, Hiking
Description: This massive national monument holds endless sights within thousands of acres.
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Colorado Springs, Colorado
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79 reviews 79 reviews
32 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2014

This to me is a very underrated national monument. Its huge, I don't get why its a national monument, its larger than a lot of national parks. Definitely worth the time.

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Cottonwood Heights
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14 reviews 14 reviews
6 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2014

We chose to enjoy our first RV trip in our new home state of Utah in GSENM over Memorial weekend and loved it. This place covers a huge area so researching and planning the hikes before you go is recommended. There is so much to see that it's impossible to do even a fraction of what the monument has to... More

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Sunnyvale, California
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41 reviews 41 reviews
18 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2014

This can easily be done on your way in from Vegas or back on HWY 89. Allow for ½ - 1 hour if you take pictures and stay around to admire the interesting rock formations. There is a sign for Toadstools on the right side if you are coming from Page. The direction I got from another traveler is 45... More

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Orange, California
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5 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2014

I traveled to GSENM recently to see for myself the rugged beauty there and in surrounding areas. I was really blown away by the overall remoteness which is accessed mainly from the Hole in the Rock Road. Along the way there are numerous side roads that can be used to see attractions. These side roads are mostly 4WD required to... More

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Knoxville, Tennessee
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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2014

We decided to take the dirt road thru grand staircase. What an experience!!!! Take cottonwood road!!! The best free thing i have ever done and its amazing... You will see so many things from rock formations to wildlife.. It is def. an adventure! We saw a rattlesnake alive in the road, jackrabbit and even cows. Best experience on our trip.... More

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London
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25 reviews 25 reviews
14 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2014

This place is amazing. In fact it is not a single attraction but a massive area with plenty to do and see. This entry should be split like a national park entry with attractions within it. Check out attractions in Escalante, Boulder, Kanab, Torrey and Canonville for an idea of the places to see. Although it is a national monument... More

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North Las Vegas, Nevada
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64 reviews 64 reviews
39 attraction reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2014

GSEM is an enormous, difficult to access, amazing place to visit. I have only visited two sections of the park; up Cottonwood Canyon Road, and to the Egypt Bench via Hole in the Rock Road. Both roads are dirt and can be very rough. The grand scenery of the Monument is amazing. One could spend weeks there and not see... More

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Rio de Janeiro, RJ
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18 reviews 18 reviews
9 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2014

Wonderfull park, different from all the others on the grand circle, I did the peek-a-boo and spooky slots trail, it was unbelievable, a unique experience that i recommend to anyone who isn't afraid of really narrow places. I had a flat tired from the awful conditions of the road to get there, and its 26 miles of rocky road, so... More

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Toronto
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11 reviews 11 reviews
4 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2014

This area of Utah is full of endless hiking possibilities, beautiful vistas, and isn't as packed with tourists as many other areas in Utah. Especially in April. Weather was great for hiking, warm during the day (though cold at night). You can hike to and through canyons, over high ridges, along slot canyon, you can go on short hikes or... More

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Madison, WI
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2014

We were back for our third visit to this area, the first two being 1995 and 1998. The road are WAY worse than they were back then, and the official road report from the BLM visitors centers give a pretty optimistic account of road conditions, from the roads we saw. Even the good gravel roads, rated 2WD, were totally washboard,... More

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