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Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument

The east side of Zion National Park is the perfect place to stay when visiting the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument.  Although there are several entrances to the, almost 2-million acre Grand Staircase, the Glendale Bench entrance is one of the most scenic and rustic.  It is located across the road from the Buffalo Bistro, 9 miles from the junction of Highways 9 & 89.  It takes time to travel the dirt roads of the Staircase so gauge your time well.

Skutumpah Road - Scenic Backway
Experience the Grand Staircase-Escalante by driving from Bryce Canyon to Zion National Park or visa versa on Skutumpah Road that runs through the Staircase.  This backway is a dirt road and like most of the roads in the monument, it may be impassible when wet. Stop and hike Willis Creek, Lick Wash and Bull Valley Gorge along the way.  Wilderness camping is allowed in the Staircase.

Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument

Willis Creek is a delightful slot canyon trail located in the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument.

Naturalist Notes

Top Things to do in the Grand Staircase-Escalante

Lick Wash Slot Canyon
From Glendale, Utah turn on 300 North and drive on the Bench Road.  This road will become Skutumpah Road which is traveled to the trailhead. 

Bull Valley Gorge
To find Bull Valley Gorge, travel on Skutumpah Road past the Lick Wash Trailhead for about ten miles. The registration box is on the left.  When you drive over the skinny bridge, you will know you are there.

Willis Creek Slot Canyon
Willis Creek is located along Skutumpah Road as well, about 2 miles past Deer Springs Ranch.  This is one of the most photogenic slot canyons anywhere!

Wahweap Hoodoos
Take the hike to see the magnificent white hoodoos.  The trailhead is near Big Water.

Hackberry Canyon
This is a fun slot canyon to hike through and see the dinosaur tracks.  This trail is located along Cottonwood Road.

Grosvenor Arch
Grosvenor Arch is an impressive sandstone double arch that can be visited with almost no hiking. The arch is found just off Cottonwood Road.

Grand Staircase-Escalante Visitor Centers
Staffed visitor centers are found in Cannonville, Kanab, Big Water, Paria Canyon, Escalante and Anasazi State Park. The elaborate and various themes of the visitor centers include traces of time, early settler history and paleontology.

ATV Trails
Ask at the Visitor Centers about ATV Trails in the Grand Staircase-Escalante

Bike Trails
Pedal your way through the wilderness setting of the Staircase.

 

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