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Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument

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Ranked #135 of 748 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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Hillsboro, Oregon
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136 reviews 136 reviews
58 attraction reviews
74 helpful votes 74 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014

If you want to feel small visit this site which is just huge and different every direction you turn. We drove thru on our way from one site to another but this is worth a visit itself.

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Scottsdale, Arizona
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70 reviews 70 reviews
26 attraction reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2014

Adults and kids who are fascinated with geology and dinosaurs are going to like the visitor center at Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument at Big Water (10 miles west of Glen Canyon Dam). It’s a great place to stretch your legs while driving Route 89 between Kanab, Utah and Lake Powell. The Big Water location is one of four visitor... More

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Olathe, Kansas
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23 reviews 23 reviews
6 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2014

Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument, as seen from US 89, consists of massive red rocks. As red rock aficionados, we were excited to see more and we stopped at the BLM Visitors Center in Kanab looking for a morning hike. There wasn’t a ranger on duty, but a volunteer who looked eerily like Anthony Perkins in Psycho suggested a trip... More

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York, PA
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107 reviews 107 reviews
38 attraction reviews
91 helpful votes 91 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2014

Before we visited the Grand Staircase Escalante we stopped at the visitors center and that was the best thing we did. The Grand Staircase Escalante is a vast area of southern Utah that is nearly impossible to see in a limited amount of time. The Rangers and Volunteers at the VC were most helpful when we told them that we... More

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Columbus, Ohio
13 reviews 13 reviews
11 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

Spectacular scenery, great hiking. Paradise for geologists. However wilderness is the key work for much of the monument. Both the roads and the trails can be unforgiving if you are not prepared. Do your homework first. Allow several days to see just the highlights.

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Colorado Springs, Colorado
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79 reviews 79 reviews
32 attraction reviews
40 helpful votes 40 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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26 reviews 26 reviews
8 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 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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59 reviews 59 reviews
26 attraction reviews
53 helpful votes 53 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
5 reviews 5 reviews
5 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 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
4 reviews 4 reviews
4 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 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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