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There are no showers close to the White House Campground so this was one of our longest stretches going without. But we did find one when we needed it most. We didn't spend a lot of time at Glen Canyon National Recreation Area but we did use their great amenities. We camped there one night and found it a great place to picnic as well. Not only did you have a great view while you ate but you could do laundry and get a shower while there too. Showers were a very reasonable $2 and we found that by taking one together in one of the "family showers," we could both get one for that price. Glen Canyon National Recreation Area is on Route 89 just before you get to Page, AZ, coming from Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument.
Written Jun 20, 2009
Unlike most National Park or Recreation Areas, Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument does not charge you to enter. The simple fact is it covers a big area and Route 89 runs the length of it for free. If you are content to just drive through as many do on their way to more famous sights, then it is your as well as the park's loss. Even the the scenic Cottonwood Canyon Road is free.
The park drums up money with hiking permits. Most of the hikes in the park are short and can be done by anyone in reasonable shape. Walking in the canyons is a great experience and often fairly level and even shady. You pay $5 per person which is on the honor system so please enjoy the park and pay the small fee to help ensure this great National Monument remains the amazing place it is.
Written Jun 20, 2009
It's interesting to note that in the local communities in and around national parks, many people are strongly opposed to the parks. While people like me--who are strongly in favor of parks everywhere--just sort of breeze through and enjoy the surrouondings, many people who live there would rather see the land 'made productive.' Sometimes it seems innocuous (thoug it's not) like increased ranch land. Sometimes, it's straight up no good--like oil and gas exploitation. However you feel about it, just realize that the local folks might not share your sense of wonder and amazement and may see you as a sign of the federal governments encroachment on their 'way of life.'
Updated Jun 25, 2003
There are no fences to hole back the cattle, so they may be right along the roadside to get that greener grass. A National Park Service Ranger had 300 head grazing in and area about 20X20 miles range. They go out every 2-3 weeks to check on the herd. In winter they go out on horseback, or ATV to round up the herd. Many take a long time to find.
Written Nov 5, 2009
The monuments name derives from early geologists, who named it after the series of cliffs and plateaus rising 6,000 feet from the Colorado River, giving it the papearance of a grand staircase. Each of the five "steps" has been eroded, revealing cliffs of distinctive color, including pink, red and white.
Written Jan 10, 2005