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Grand Staircase-Escalante

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Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument is a vast area of 1.7 million acres of protected land in Southern Utah. It has some areas that are easily accessible, but most of it is remote.

The purple areas bordering Grand Staircase-Escalante include Bryce Canyon National Park, Capitol Reef National Park, and Glen Canyon Recreation Area that surrounds Lake Powell. The major towns along the edges of Grand Staircase-Escalante are Boulder, Escalante and Kanab.

Lower Calf Creek Falls

A highlight in Grand Staircase-Escalante is Lower Calf Creek Falls. It is 6.1 moderate miles, yet flat enough that even children can do it if you are prepared.

Here are a few more views from the Lower Calf Creek Falls trail.

Devil’s Garden

Devil’s Garden is a bit off the beaten path, but a wonderful place to explore that doesn’t require much hiking. These are located right near the parking lot, so walking around to see the different parts is 0.1-0.4 easy miles. There are two arches and several oddly shaped hoodoos and interesting sandstone formations.

Peek-a-boo and Spooky Slot Canyons

Peek-a-boo and Spooky Slot Canyons are famous for being narrow, adventurous slots without requiring any technical canyoneering. They are typically hiked together as one loop, although you can do only one. Here are a few from the trail that leads to both.

For most you hikers, you will appreciate a buddy to help give you a hand when there aren’t adequate foot or handholds to scale easily, but I was able to do it with my children when my youngest was nine. It is a difficult 3.8 miles round trip.

Here are a few from Peek-a-boo slot canyon.

Here are a few from Spooky slot canyon.


Kanab is another major kickoff point for Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument. Most of the hikes I have done in the area are just outside the borders of the monument, but still very fun to explore.

Mossy Cave Trail on the edge of Bryce Canyon National Park is also on the edge of Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument.


We have so much beauty in Utah to explore! I love hiking and photography and can help you find your next favorite hike! All photos were taken by me!

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