"Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument" Utah Off The Beaten Path Tip by goingsolo

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  Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument
by goingsolo

The Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument is a large area encompassing over 1 million acres and spread across southern Utah and a small portion of northern Arizona. The land contained within the monument is designated wilderness area and is thought to be one of the only remaining unexplored areas in the country.

Portions of the monument can be accessed by driving along hwy 12 from Bryce Canyon to Capitol Reef or along hwy 89 between Kanab and Page, Arizona. There are several more primitive roads leading deeper within the monument.

The area is a recreational paradise for hikers, backpackers and bikers. ATV and horseback rides are also permitted. There are few trails in the area, which adds to its appeal to those who seek remote backcountry settings.

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  • Written Jan 10, 2005
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