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Utah 12 Scenic Byway...a must! Grand Staircase consists of sandstone cliffs of all different size and shape. Magificent scenery,,,and a photographers must stop.
Would highly recommend spending time here.
This park is amazing. It’s full of dramatic multi-colored rock formations. You’ll get lots of great photos. The drive on Highway 12 is particularly gorgeous. Allow time for frequent stops. There are lot of places you’ll want to stop and savor the scenery.
Now, I understand why you have to go to so many places. Each area offers a little different kind of rock formation or colors. It was worth the drive on 12. We did a huge loop to see as much as we could. We did...More
I researched the Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument off and on for a year before I made preparations to visit; for example I purchased the proper vehicle before my actual visit in August, 2019.
My visit involved driving the unimproved Cottonwood Road from the southern...More
The drive thru is absolutely amazing. Sheer cliffs on both sides at times. Get yourself a jeep and drive down hole in the rock road and do as many hikes as possible. Bring your water. If you can get down to peek a boo and...More
If you are driving thru Utah' but don't have time to spend several hours or days at the National Parks in Utah. Highway 12 is a way to experience much of the raw beauty of Utah. You cross portions of Bryce N. P., the Grand...More
We have been going to GSE[NM] annually for 3 decades. It is worthy of national park status. Great scenic drives--Highway 12 and the 'Hogsback' section especially, and the Burr Trail (sadly, it's mostly paved now). Backcountry, scenic dirt roads (high clearance, 4WD recommended; stay out...More
If you want to avoid the crowds in Bryce and Zion National Parks, go to the monuments; At Grand Staircase, there were few people, hikes where you passed only a few, and incredible rock formations; we hiked into a slot canyon, called Zebra, and met...More
Our route from Moab to Bryce actually took us through GSENM by accident, and wow, were we glad we had! The views are astonishing and this is some of the most dramatic country I have ever seen. It feels and looks as remote as it...More
We drove thru from capitol reef on way to Bryce. Lots of amazing views of the canyons and layers of earth - can see many colors and types of rock formations. We also drove thru Dixie national forest along the way. Beautiful area!! Make sure...More
While in Grand Staircase Escalante, I didn't encounter any cliffs during my drive to Grosvenor Arch and Devii's Garden. For the most part the drive was flat and straight. A little bit of curves especially to Grovenor Arch... More
While in Grand Staircase Escalante, I didn't encounter any cliffs during my drive to Grosvenor Arch and Devii's Garden. For the most part the drive was flat and straight. A little bit of curves especially to Grovenor Arch. Other parts of Escalante might be different.
If you are driving from SLC Airport, I suggest trying to connect to Hwy 89 once your are south of SLC--this is a scenic road in places, and there are small towns along the way for brief stops. Turn off at Long Junction--this... More
If you are driving from SLC Airport, I suggest trying to connect to Hwy 89 once your are south of SLC--this is a scenic road in places, and there are small towns along the way for brief stops. Turn off at Long Junction--this is the beginning of Hwy12, one of the nation's finest drives. If you cannot walk very much, see the Bryce Canyon views at the various auto stops in the national park. Escalante has a small selection of motels and restaurants, but there isn't much to do in town. Take Hwy 12 to Boulder (better hotels and one good restaurant--ask locals). From there, you could drive the Burr Trail to the Notom Road (you wind up east of Capitol Reef National Park. You could stay in Torrey or head east to Hanksville and then north to I-70. Don't do Lower Calf Creek--it's 6 miles in and out. Hickman Bridge and the Fremont River boardwalk (see petroglyphs) and Fruita are quite scenic. Hope this helps.
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