The Grand Staircase - Escalante National Monument

The Grand Staircase - Escalante National Monument is a U.S. National Monument protecting 1,880,461 acres of land in Southern Utah. There are three main regions: the Grand Staircase, the Kaiparowits Plateau, and the Canyons of the Escalante - all of which are administered by the Bureau of Land Management as part of the National Landscape Conservation System. The Grand Staircase-Escalante encompasses the largest land area of all U.S. National Monuments.

The Grand Staircase
The Escalante National Monument — An Awesome Experience!

Utah 's Recreational Playground

The National Monument stretches from the towns of Big Water, Glendale and Kanab, Utah on the southwest, to the towns of Escalante and Boulder on the northeast. Encompassing 1.9 million acres, the Monument is slightly larger in area than the state of Delaware.

The western part of the Monument is dominated by the Paunsaugunt Plateau and the Paria River, and is adjacent to Bryce Canyon National Park. Features include the slot canyons of Bull Valley Gorge, Willis Creek, and Lick Wash which are accessed from Skutumpah Road.

Fifty-Mile Mountain stretches southeast from the town of Escalante to the Colorado River in Glen Canyon. The eastern face of the mountain is a steep, 2200 foot (650 m) escarpment. The western side (the Kaiparowits Plateau) is a shallow slope descending to the south and west.

East of Fifty-Mile Mountain are the Canyons of the Escalante. The Monument is bounded by Glen Canyon National Recreation Area on the east and south. The popular hiking, backpacking and canyoneering areas include the Slot Canyons of Peekaboo, Spooky and Brimstone Canyons, and the backpacking areas of lower Coyote Gulch and Harris Wash.

The Devil's Garden is also located in this area. Access is via the Hole-in-the-Rock Road which extends southeast from the town of Escalante, along the base of Fifty-Mile Mountain.

Awesome views, waterfalls, unique rock formations, and much more!
The road was constructed to facilitate Mormon settlement of southeastern Utah, including the town of Bluff. The road is also used by ranchers to access the flat desert at the base of Fifty Mile Mountain for grazing cattle. * Read More * From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia!

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