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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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We enjoyed this area more than Zion or Bryce

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 24, 2015
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Bryan, Texas
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Bryan, Texas
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34 reviews 34 reviews
9 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015 NEW

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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86 helpful votes 86 helpful votes
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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66 helpful votes 66 helpful votes
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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63 helpful votes 63 helpful votes
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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Central Oregon
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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014

If you want a close-up look at Grand Staircase-Escalante NM, take this loop beginning north from Hwy 89 east of Kanab, UT. The millions of year old colorful geologic formations remind you of how long this old Earth has been around. Before you go, get the book "Geology road guide: Cottonwood Canyon Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument." Once you come down... More 

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San Diego, California
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51 reviews 51 reviews
24 attraction reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2014

If Havasupai Falls is on the top 25 waterfalls in the world list, Calf Creek Falls should be too. This 126' waterfall can be found at the end of Calf Creek trail in the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument in southern Utah. The hike is 6 miles round-trip on a sandy easy trail with minimal elevation gain. There is a lovely... More 

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Cincinnati
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2014

To enjoy the Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument you need to drive one or more of the scenic drives through the Park. We picked the Burr Trail, which I would recommend. This trail also enters the Capitol Reef National Park with all its beauty. It is a 31 mile, one way, paved road that presents unique rock formations, high walled... More 

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