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Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument

735 W Main, UT 84726
+1 435-826-5499
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This massive national monument holds endless sights within thousands of acres.
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+1 435-826-5499
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I learned much about the staircase by stopping at the visitor center. I also learned it is a monument of 1.9 million acres-did not see it all. Took 12 from Bryce Canyon intersection to Boulder, Utah. The road in several places was shear drop-off on...More

Thank Michael J
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Taking Hwy 12 west from Bryce to Torrey was the best decision we ever made. It's a beautiful and relaxing drive-the condition of the road is excellent. The scenery is gorgeous. Lots of hiking opportunities.

Thank christine20072016
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

What a spectacular drive, they call it the million dollar highway and is awesome. If your in the area don't miss this drive. Stop at the Escalante Visitor Center watch the video and get maps of things to do so you can go back and...More

2  Thank idyjones
Reviewed 13 July 2017

We drove Hwy 12 from Moab to Bryce Canyon in one day. We stopped at Goblins Valley State Park, which was quite underwhelming after being in Canyonlands and Arches. We then had lunch and picked fruit in Capitol Reef National Park. As we started approaching...More

1  Thank G2557MGjenniferj
Reviewed 11 July 2017

Parking is free, no entrance fees. A National Monument since 1996 but a remarkable treasure. Not for the faint-hearted but totally inspiring. None of the facilities of a National Park but if you like some peace this is the place to visit. It is huge,...More

1  Thank halilley
Reviewed 9 July 2017 via mobile

After the crowds of Arches NP, we certainly welcomed the more relaxed pace of this place. There are many choices for activities; you can hike on your own, you can sign up for a tour, you can just drive through it on Scenic Byway 12...More

Thank Chris L
Reviewed 1 July 2017 via mobile

This was the hike my 8 year old said was his favorite of the entire two week park trip. It's a super easy hike for moderately fit people. We saw a lot of unfit people or those who rely on canes quickly abandon the hike...More

1  Thank mtdk316
Reviewed 23 June 2017

Driving Highway 12 in Utah through a portion of the Grand Staircase Escalante is unforgettable. Geology is alive, all-encompassing, and we were enveloped by astounding beauty of colors in their expanse. History is alive here, as well. This is a must to see and feel.

1  Thank Marmoore66
Reviewed 20 June 2017 via mobile

Unique geology and interesting history. Pretty far off the beaten path. Be aware that the visitor center closes rather early at 4:30pm The restrooms are still accessible. The visitor center was rather trashy and unkempt when we were there.

1  Thank greenjay1
Reviewed 11 June 2017

Driving through the steep canyon walls along the Burr Trail was really something. At the beginning of the driving trail in mid-May is magnificent greenery with the gorgeous background. See photos. This long scenic road is just one part of the national monument. It's all...More

3  Thank Hooked_on_travel77
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Karen K
14 May 2017|
Response from Travelin_T |
Hello! The actual top step of the Grand Staircase is at Bryce and the monument is 1.9 million acres, so it surrounds Bryce. I think you might be asking where the closest access with a Visitor Center is? That would be 20... More
Julio M
8 May 2017|
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there is more dispersed camping down hole in the rock road than you can shake a stick at. currently under fire restrictions. Up posey lake road are 2 National forest campgrounds with fire rings. Usually spots are open and... More
6 April 2017|
Response from Travelin_T |
Hi, Scenic Highway 12 is the only east/west paved road through that part of Utah, so if you start at Bryce, you are going east about a 2 hour drive to get to BLM Spooky/Peekaboo trails. Then, you would have to backtrack... More