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Escalante National Monument

735 W Main, Escalante, UT 84726
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Ranked #3 of 18 attractions in Escalante
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Geologic Formations, National Parks
Activities: Hiking, Backpacking
Description: Miles of rugged desert landscape featuring The Grand Staircase, a cluster of sandstone cliffs.
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Eugene, Oregon
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34 reviews 34 reviews
18 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 NEW

Lots to do and see, go to the visitor center in the middle of town and they will help you get going!

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Sugar Land, Texas
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24 reviews 24 reviews
8 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

I've traveled the West a lot but had never been through Escalante....and I'm certainly glad I did. Highway 12 runs through the length of the Monument/Park. I went in mid July expecting blistering temperatures but was surprised at how cool it was. Thunderstorms in the distance probably cooled the region but they made for spectacular photos. There wasn't much traffic... More

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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106 reviews 106 reviews
56 attraction reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

This is a geologist's dream because the earth's layers are so exposed. As regular visitors, we loved it. The view from the top of "The Million Dollar Road" is hard to wrap your head around. A CCC project, most of this must have been built by hand in the 20's.

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Mevasseret Ziyyon, Yerushalayim, Israel
18 reviews 18 reviews
10 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

Escalante National Monument is huge. The visitor centers are good. The hiking in the sandstone canyons is superb. The most amazing thing is that there weren't a lot of people. Similar views to the national parks in the area but a lot less visited. We really liked Coyote Gulch, Willis Creek and Paria Canyon.

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Leesburg, Florida
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2014

If you love giant rocks, arches, and hoodoos towering overhead, this is the place for you. Most roads will allow cars to drive unless it has rained. Four wheel drive is always better due to washboard bumpiness. This is such a large and beautiful monument that even after many trips, we have not seen even half of it. Staying in... More

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Upland, CA
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33 reviews 33 reviews
12 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

WOW! Beautiful and we are coming back. We didn't know what to expect and didn't enough time to fully explore this region! Don't miss the drive Boulder, UT. WOW!

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Claremont, New Hampshire
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310 reviews 310 reviews
159 attraction reviews
107 helpful votes 107 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2014

The vastness of the monument area is incredible. It is a geological treasure with fossils that are still being discovered. It's right on the way between Bryce and Capitol Reef and well worth the stop.

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Colorado Springs, Colorado
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86 reviews 86 reviews
38 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2014

Take the Hole in the rock road to the slots and other areas.It is solid washboard so have a good vehicle. 4 people got flats. Take your time, as it is worth every minute.

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Sunnyvale, California
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41 reviews 41 reviews
18 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2014

This attraction falls under coverage of the Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument. It is a vast area and we managed to cover just a small section on this trip. This can be easily done in conjunction with Antelope Canyon. This is a 30 miles drive on the unpaved road to get to Grosvenor Arch driving on Cottonwood Canyon Road. However,... More

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southern utah
12 reviews 12 reviews
4 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2014

It is so rugged yet has so much beauty to be found. I love the isolation and slot canyons of the area.

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