- Grand Staircase has five escarpments rising in giant steps a total of 5,500 feet
- Learn about the geology of Grand Staircase at the informative Visitor Centers
- Oxidized iron and manganese deposits created chocolate, red, white, grey and pink layers of rock
- Deposit and uplift created this magnificent natural wonder
The Grand Staircase extends eastwards from Bryce Canyon National Park to Capitol Reef Park and the Glen Canyon National Recreational area, a total of 1.9 million acres. It borders the Dixie National Forest on the north side and runs south to the Arizona state line, with an incredible array of colorful plateaus, cliffs, mesas, buttes and slot canyons.
A Geology Lesson
The formation began millions of years ago when sediments of sandstone, mudstone and shale built up. The oxidized iron and manganese deposits created colorful layers of rock from chocolate and red to white, grey and pink. With the gradual uplift of the earth along a natural fault, five south-facing escarpments were formed, rising 5,500 feet like a giant staircase.
Hikes and Attractions
- Little Death Hollow
Trailhead in Little Death Hollow south of Wolverine Petrified Wood Natural Area
Awesome slot canyon
- Calf Creek Falls
Calf Creek Recreation Area
Pass ponds and rock art to multicolored cliffs and waterfall
The Visitor Centers have information on the formations and geology of the area as well as maps and hikes to suggested places to see the natural highlights of Grand Staircase geology.