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Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument

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Address: UT
Phone Number: 435-826-5499
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Mon - Fri 8:00 am - 4:30 pm
Activities: Camping, Rock climbing, Hiking
Description: This massive national monument holds endless sights within thousands of...
This massive national monument holds endless sights within thousands of acres.
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This is awesome. The area is so vast, you feel surrounded by it. It's totally different from the other parks, due to it's size and also the vistas. It's all on a grand scale. We... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 20, 2015
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Sebastian, Florida
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Sebastian, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015 NEW

This is awesome. The area is so vast, you feel surrounded by it. It's totally different from the other parks, due to it's size and also the vistas. It's all on a grand scale. We took the scenic drives in the area and were so glad we did. The beauty is in a way stark, almost unreal. I was amazed... More 

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Plymouth, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2015

With southern Utah's Zion and Bryce Canyons being so better known, Grand Staircase-Escalante (GSE) National Monument doesn't get nearly as much attention. What a shame, because the scenery here is incredible, certainly on a par with Zion and Bryce, though different from both! This area of over 1.8 million acres derives its name from the three distinct geological areas that... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015

GSE is so vast. It's also unreal. Coming from the Midwest, I don't get to see much variety in landscapes, but GSE alone has canyons, mountains, cliffs, and is simply breathtaking. We drove SR 12 through the area and took a hike through a slot canyon. I'd recommend this to everyone. One of my favorite places in the world.

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Bryan, Texas
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9 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015

The remoteness and stark beauty of this National Monument are what make it so spectacular. We drove Hole in the Rock Road, Paria Township Road and Cottonwood Canyon Road. The geological diversity on the Cottonwood Canyon route is stunning 9it sometimes looks like the drawings in a Dr. Seuss book) , the remoteness and grandeur of the Paria Township route... More 

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Salt Lake City, Utah
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2015

We hiked Neon Canyon which has one of the most scenic rappels in this area. It is beautiful and there is so much to see. Can't wait to get back there again next year. This is a yearly canyoneering adventure for us.

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Provo, Utah
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2015

I go through the Grand Staircase at least once a year because I love the stark beauty, the amazing vistas, and the variety of the landscape. Well worth a trip down highway 12 to enjoy the diversity and views that are available.

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Marina, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2015

Having been snowed in at Torrey for an extra day we were anxious to head down Highway 12 and make up for lost time on our trip. The road over the summit was mostly clear with a little bit of blowing snow. The snowplows must have been busy overnight. We were hoping to see Burr Trail in the Winter but... More 

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Sebastopol, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2015

My wife and I recently bisected this amazing public lands from the south on Hwy 89 North to Hwy 12 via Cotttonwood Canyon. The road was in excellent condition. AS we got 1/2 way in the topograpghy and diversity of the Canyon amazed us every new turn and rise. From sculpted sand stone canyons to kaliedoscope of colors in bended... More 

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High Wycombe, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2015

We drove along Route 12 from Torrey on our way to Bryce and were not prepared for the magnificent views along the way. The sheer vastness and barrenness makes it easy to understand why this was the last unmapped area of the contiguous US.

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Louisville, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2015

Grand Staircase National Monument is a wild and stunning place, and is unlike most other parks and monuments. The roads are mostly dirt and often poorly marked, the trails, similarly, are minimal and often hard to follow. Initially, the scenery does not have the same spectacular nature of nearby locations such as the Grand Canyon and Zion National Parks. If... More 

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