The allure of Grand Staircase–Escalante National Monument (GSENM) is phenomenal. Nearly 3,000 square miles of sun-drenched Utah backcountry spread out well beyond the visible horizon from the All-American Highway, Scenic Byway 12, or historic Highway 89. That's nearly 1.9-million acres of colorful sandstone cliffs soaring above narrow slot canyons; picturesque washes and seemingly endless slickrock; prehistoric village sites and abandoned old Western movie sets, among many other treasures.
Grand Staircase–Escalante National Monument occupies a transitional "step" zone between Bryce Canyon and the high Paunsaugunt Plateau through a sequence of brightly colored cliffs, Zion National Park and the Grand Canyon. As the name suggests, the monument can logically be divided into two distinct areas, Grand Staircase and the Escalante River Canyon and tributaries, separated by what could be viewed as a third area: the Kaiparowits Plateau.
The Escalante River Canyon and tributaries is the most popular area of the monument, especially among hikers. Active waterfalls, arches, narrow canyons, riparian oases, and sculpted slickrock are among the attractions of the Escalante’s backcountry.
The Grand Staircase area is more remote and less visited. It is spectacular and contains the most extensive network of slot canyons in Utah.
The immense scope of Grand Staircase–Escalante National Monument and its backcountry affords excellent opportunities for solitude and unconfined wilderness recreation, along with great scenic driving opportunities and endless camping options, both developed and primitive. But wherever you travel in this magnificent landscape, whether down remote desert roads or up lonely canyons, you will be rewarded at the end of your trip with vivid memories and a yearning to return.
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669 South Highway 89A
Kanab, Utah 84741