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Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument at Utah

Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument

669 South Highway 89A, Kanab, Utah, 84741
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Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument

Prepare to be impressed with the multitude of multicolored cliffs, plethora of plateaus, myriad of mesas, and boatload of buttes at Grand Staircase-Escalante in Utah. Connecting Glen Canyon, Capitol Reef, and Bryce Canyon National Park, this 1.7 million-acre national monument is divided into three singular sections: the Kaiparowits Plateau, the Canyons of the Escalante, and the Grand Staircase. A wide range of activities, including rock climbing, hiking, camping, fishing, and mountain biking, make this a very desirable destination.


Hours -

Open Daily: 24/7


  • Entry Fee - Free
  • Campgrounds Fee - Vary


  • Escalante Canyons Marathon & 10-Miler
  • Bryce Canyon Rim Run (Bryce Canyon City)
  • Bryce ATV Rally (Panguitch)


  • Rock Climbing
  • Hiking
  • Camping
  • Fishing
  • Mountain Biking


Summertime is hot at Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument during the day with temperatures hitting over 100 in lower elevations, dropping to the 60s or 70s after sundown. Spring and fall offer warm days and cool nights. In the winter, it’s generally in the 40s in the day and below freezing at night.

Monument Access

There are two paved roads that lead into Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument. They are Highway 89 from the Kanab/Big Water area and Highway 12 from the Escalante/Boulder area. There are other roads but they are not only remote but extremely primitive.


  • What kind of fossils can I find at Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument?

    You’ll have many opportunities to see all kinds of fossils, everything from turtles and fish to sharks teeth and dinosaurs. In fact, Grand Staircase-Escalante has the highest concentration of dinosaur fossils in the world. It’s important to remember that every fossil is invaluable and irreplaceable so please don’t remove or deface them.
  • Is rock climbing or canyoneering permitted?

    Yes, you can go rock climbing and canyoneering at Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument. However, there are some restrictions. Neither activity is allowed on natural bridges or arches, within identified endangered species nesting areas or in archaeological sites.

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