Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument
The Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument is one of the most amazing, austere and unique locations in the United States. Covering almost 1.9 million acres in Utah, this vast region represents one of the most spectacular sights of the western United States. Within this remote landscape visitors will find unimaginable natural beauty filled with adventure.
Preserved in this remote region of the country are some of the most spectacular geological features one can find in the western United States. The Grand Staircase is a series of gigantic steps that ascend from the Grand Canyon. This amazing staircase extends from the floor of the Grand Canyon to the Paunsaugunt Plateau at Bryce Canyon. These impressive steps are formed of multicolored rock.
In addition to the cliffs, there are plateaus, terraces, streams, canyons and much more for visitors to see during a trip to this unique landscape. There are millions of years of history preserved within the remoteness of the public land. There are geological, archeological, biological and paleontological wonders still undiscovered within these public lands. In addition to amazing flora and fauna there are dinosaurs preserved in the land and even artifacts from the Puebloan culture.
Among all of the stunning geological features and long history, there are many opportunities for hiking and recreation. There are two paved roads that enter into the area, Highway 89 and Highway 12. Beyond these two roads, the remainder of the roads are primitive and remote. Hiking is the best way to experience the wild and untamed beauty of the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument.
Hikers can plan day trips, or much longer trips depending on the level of experience and how far the visitors are willing to travel into the area. Visitors can plan hikes just for the joy of hiking, or they can plan to hike into areas in search of rock climbing, or canyoneering adventures. Within this vast wilderness there are endless opportunities.
Visitors will find that the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument is divided into three regions, each with its own beautiful attractions. There is the western section, which has multi-colored sandstone, the Paria River, buttes, canyons, mesas, and Buckskin Gulch, which has one of the longest canyon hikes in the world.
The Kaiparowits Plateau section is the most remote section, with high-elevation plateau, small streams, amazing examples of plant and animal life, and this region provides some of the most difficult recreation in throughout the area.
Lastly, but certainly not least, the Escalante Canyons has the Escalante River and the deep canyons carved out over time, within the canyons there are plants, ruins from teh Anasazi culture, as well as natural bridges, arches and so much more. The Escalante Canyons section is a very popular section and excellent for hiking and backpacking.
Throughout this new, but immensely vast and remote national monument, visitors are sure to find something incredible to remember. Whether on a day trip or taking a multi-day adventure into the backcountry this region has so much to offer. Visitors can enjoy the remoteness and solitude even on a short day-trip. Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument is one of the most unique and stunning places in the United States.