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Larger than most national parks at 1.7 million acres, the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument is popular with backpackers and hard-core mountain-bike enthusiasts. You can explore the rocky landscape, which represents some of America's last wilderness, via dirt roads with a four-wheel-drive vehicle; most roads depart from Route 12. Roadside views into the monument are most impressive from Route 12 between Escalante and Boulder. It costs nothing to enter the park, but fees apply for camping and backcountry permits.


Lower Escalante River. Some of the best backcountry hiking in the area lies 15 miles east of Escalante on Route 12, where the Lower Escalante...

Escalante Interagency Visitor Center

Escalante Interagency Visitor Center. A good starting point if you are trying to decide what to explore firs, and solo adventurers should check...

Excursions of Escalante

Excursions of Escalante. Hiking and canyoneering tours are custom-fit to your needs by experienced guides whose specialty is taking canyoneers...

Big Water Visitor Center

Big Water Visitor Center. Housed in a spiral-designed building this visitor's center features exhibits on local paleontology and includes a...

Cannonville Visitor Center

Cannonville Visitor Center. This small visitor center features outdoor cultural exhibits you can view year-round but the center itself is open...

Escape Goats

Escape Goats. Providing guided tours of the slot canyons and other Southwest Utah destinations for more than 10 years, this family-owned operation...

Grand Staircase Discovery Tours

Grand Staircase Discovery Tours. Half-day and full-day hikes are offered, with services including hiking/camping gear, shuttle service, photography...

Kanab Visitor Center

Kanab Visitor Center. In addition to information on self guiding driving tours, hiking and road conditions, this visitor center has exhibits...

Southwest Adventure Tours

Southwest Adventure Tours. This experienced tour operator partners with Paria Outpost and Outfitters to offer hikes that wind past incredible...


Hell's Backbone Road. For a scenic and challenging mountain-bike ride, follow the 44-mile Hell's Backbone Road from Panguitch to the Escalante...



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