The Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument is a multi-hued landscape which can be divied into three regions: The Canyons of Escalante National Monument, Grand Staircase Utah and the Kaiparowits Plateau. It offers many outdoor recreational activities amidst stunning scenery which includes waterfalls, natural arches, plateaus and colored cliffs.
Approach from either Las Vegas along Hwy 20, or Salt Lake City along Hwy 9. Both these roads meet Hwy 89 to Glendale which provides access to many recreational spots within Grand Staircase National Monument. Hwy 12 from Escalante/Boulder also provides access.
Backcountry hiking needs a free permit, obtainable from any Visitor Centre or NPS office at Escalante
Great hiking encircles the Grand Staircase area with many trails at each point of interest
The lakes and streams around Boulder Mountain provide perfect fishing for wild trout in the streams. Catch and release fly fishing is encouraged.
The wide open spaces at Grand Staircase are ideal for exploring on horseback. There are great rides in Kodachrome Basin State Park and surrounding the Grand Staircase Monument area. Boulder Mountain Ranch offers guided trail rides to scenic spots or checkout some of the outfitters listed below.
Grand Staircase was the last area to be mapped in the U.S.
Other Grand Staircase National Monument Resources
Striking rock feature in Canyonlands National Park.