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Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument

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Address: 735 W Main, UT 84726
Phone Number: +1 435-826-5499
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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 made a long day trip from Las Vegas to drive through the monument. We drove up to the north side and went into the monument from scenic highway 12. We then drove through the... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 weeks ago
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Aurora, Ohio
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We made a long day trip from Las Vegas to drive through the monument. We drove up to the north side and went into the monument from scenic highway 12. We then drove through the monument to the south entrance via a narrow dirt road. While a 4 wheel drive vehicle is highly recommended, it is not absolutely required if... More 

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Montreal, Canada
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 29, 2016

Grand Staircase has to be done by driving but other people do the hike if you want to see the waterfalls up close. I recommend that you stop by the visitor center and ask for information. The staff at the Visitor Center are knowledgeable and will recommend the points of interest. If you'll do the scenic drive, make sure you... More 

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Dublin, Ireland
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 18, 2016

From a bit of research and by looking at some pictures, we had a different idea of this place compare to what, in the end, we saw. We end up driving through this monumental place, with plenty of view points to stop and enjoy the panorama but nothing magnificent as we expected. The only place we've actually stopped was a... More 

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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 5, 2016

Although I only saw the enormous Grand Staircase Escalante NM fro the road, I highly recommend a drive from Bryce NP to Capitol Reef along Scenic Highway 12 with a stop at the very very good GSENM Visitor's Center. After admiring al the spectacular natural beauty of the area, the video at the visitor's center explains the purpose of preserving... More 

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Vancouver, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 4, 2016

Grand Staircase-Escalante NM is huge. But you get to see so much of it by just driving along Scenic Route 12 from Bryce Canyon NP to Capitol Reef NP. This particular route is about 120 miles and takes at least 3 hours to do. Multiple overlooks and pull-offs have been designed along the road for you to stop and enjoy... More 

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Toledo, Ohio
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 15, 2016

What an unexpected experience. Not for the faint of heart if you don't like heights. But it was beautiful. Some white knuckle driving in spots.

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West Bend, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 13, 2016

Scenic Byway Route 12 is amazing. Even if you have to go out of your way, add the Burr Trail Road to your itinerary. Coming from the south on Rte 12, the Burr Trail Road is on your right just as you are approaching Boulder. My husband and I toured all of the southern Utah national parks, and our favorite... More 

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Atlanta, Georgia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 10, 2016 via mobile

Was just passing thru from Bryce going to Torrey - and yes, we absolutely enjoyed the views and turns.

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Bowling Green, Kentucky
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 6, 2016

Thank you Bill Clinton for these 1.9 million acres of desolation! Grand Staircase is not a national park with good roads and services; that's why there are very few people who visit although spill-over from Bryce is increasing. The only paved roads, Hwy 89 to the south and Hwy 12 to the north, define the area, but everything else is... More 

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Arlington, VA
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 1, 2016 via mobile

We drove from Capitol reef to Bryce. There is one section of the road that narrows. You go on a section of road that almost feels like a bridge. It's very narrow and people are going fast and the road is on the top of the canyon and there are steep cliffs on both sides. The road made our hearts... More 

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