Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument

Location: southern Utah
Date: April 17, 2011

Calf Creek Canyon

Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument in southern Utah is another area that I only briefly visited, but would like to spend more time in.  Located between Capitol Reef and Bryce Canyon national parks and created in 1996, Grand Staircase encompasses nearly two million acres of Bureau of Land Management lands, making it the largest national monument.

Grand Staircase-Escalante

With so much land, there are countless recreation opportunities here often with far fewer visitors than in the nearby national parks.  This is a landscape of plateaus and canyons, including slot canyons, natural arches, badlands, and waterfalls.

Calf Creek Canyon

For most people, their experience with the monument is along state route 12, which runs through the monument and has been designated an All-American Highway.  My favorite views along this road where to the east of and overlooking Calf Creek Canyon.

Cactus in bloom

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