Grand Staircase - Escalante National Monument Things to Do

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  • 1. Pahreah Ghost Town

    Pahreah or Paria, was establish in 1870 by William Meeks. The town at its height grew to 47 families at one point. By the 1930's no one remained in the town. However, just down stream of the Paria...

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  • 2. Lower Calf Creek Falls

    Lower Calf Creek Fall is easy to find. After coming down out of the Henry Mountains (if you are coming from Hanksville) you will see an entrance for Calf Creek Recreation Area. The trail head is just...

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  • 3. Devils Garden

    This is one of my favorite places to eat lunch or more so, dinner. It is a short drive off Hole in the Rock road to a gravel parking area. around this area are several cement picnic tables with pit...

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  • 4. Escalante Interagency Visitor Center

    Escalante has four visitor centers and a few field offices. The one mentioned here is in the northern district in the town of Escalante. Clean bathrooms and very helpful staff. They do not have a gift...

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  • 5. Coyote Gulch

    Though technically not in the Grand Staircase-Escalante Monument, Coyote Gulch is part of the Escalante River system and is reached via the monument so I am...

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  • 6. Drive down Cottonwood Wash road

    South of Cannonville you will pass Kodachrome Basin State Park. Just past this the road turns to dirt. It is graded and maintained and can, in good conditions...

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  • 7. Visit Devil's Garden

    This location of hoodoos and arches is located about 10 miles down the Hole in the Rock road. It is a great location for a picnic or lazy afternoon. There are...

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  • 8. Drive the Burr Trail

    At the northern reaches of the Monument you will find the Burr Trail. It begins in the town of Boulder and is paved through the Monument. The pavement ends when...

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  • 9. Hike the Escalante River channel

    This is a relatively easy 14 mile one way trail following the Escalante River as it begins its journey to the Colorado River. The jagged corridor it cuts...

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  • 10. Willis Creek

    One of the more accessible slot canyons in the monument Willis Creek is a perpetual water source in the dry desert. Driving up from Kanab via the Johnson Canyon...

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  • 11. Slither through a slot canyon

    There are many good slot canyons in the monument. Those most frequently seen by new visitors are Spooky and Peekaboo down the Hole in the Rock Road, and Willis...

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  • 12. Anasazi State Park Museum

    Hey, it's actually a great place to stop. No, they still have the ruins protected and thus not visible to the public. Just pull into the parking lot. See the...

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  • 13. Hole in the Rock Road

    Heading south from the town of Escalante, the Hole in the Rock Road, leads through a desolate looking country. Soon, you begin to see the beauty that surrounds...

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  • 14. Calf Creek

    Roundtrip distance to the falls is 5-1/2 miles. While little elevation change is encountered, most of the trail is sandy, and can be very strenuous walking,...

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  • 15. Petrified Forest State Park

    Alongside Hwy 12, by Grand Staircase is this park. It is not all that big, but does have some good hikes into the interior to see the petrified wood. Only about...

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  • 16. Paria Movie Set

    From the south end off Hwy 89 is this site. I suggest you do not try to make the drive unless you are risk taker, and do not worry about creek washes and the...

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  • 17. Grand Staircase Interior Road sites

    There are 4 primary roads into the interior of this huge preserved monument. By the way-called Grand Staircase because Grand Canyon explorers could see the...

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  • 18. Anasazi State Park-Museum

    They have a very nice museum that shows the living methods of the Indians back in 1100-1200's. The area also features the rock formations around here. Entry...

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  • 19. Anasazi State Park Ruins

    This is the ruins of the Indian group named Anazasi/Pueblo. At one time, there were about 200 people living here between 1050-1200AD. They farmed, hunted and...

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  • 20. Cottonwood Canyon Rd-Grosvenor Arch

    Coming from CAnnonville there is the Cottonwood Rd. It is paved for 9 miles, and then it drastically changes. I was shaken, rattled and rolled. There are severe...

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  • 21. Cottonwood CAnyon Rd

    The first 9 miles on the north end is paved, but not maintained well. Then the road changes into washboard, and winding, and ascent/descent up hills and...

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  • 22. Hole in the Rock Rd-Harris Wash

    This is a 57 mile gravel/dirt/sand road that has 18 designated areas to see/do along the way. The road goes form Hwy 12 down to Lake Powell. Oh by the way-no...

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  • 23. Hole in Rock Rd-Devils Garden

    The Hole in the Rock Rd is 57 miles lone, and washboard bumpy to this point and a bit rough, but you can make it to the 13 miles to this site. It is called...

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  • 24. Hwy 12 Different Landscapes

    There are distinct landscape variations on this road. It sometimes looks desert; others like a forest area. The road is 124 miles long, and is an Al American...

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  • 25. Lower Calf Creek Falls

    This is the main spot where most people come to see the creek and hike, and camp. There are 13 campsites along the creek. The falls can be heard close to the...

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