1.7 Million acres of some of the most remote and beautiful country in the lower 48 states, this is the new Grand Staircase – Escalante National Monument. The Monument is twice as much area as Utah’s five national parks combined. The Monument takes in most of the area from Kanab and Bruce Canyon on the west to Lake Powell and Capitol Reef on the east. It does not represent any one particular feature, but rather a whole area of slickrock canyons and red rock landscapes.
Calf Creek Falls
Calf Creek Falls and the hike to the falls give the casual traveler perhaps the best idea of what the canyons represent. A stream down the middle of the red rock canyons that tower above you. For additional information on Calf Creek check out the Highway description of the site.
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The Grand Staircase
The Grand Staircase can be seen from the flats by Kanab, where looking to the north, you see layers of mountain ranges going to the tops of Bryce Canyon. The staircase represents ages of time and geologically tells the story of the area.
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This section of Hwy. 12 passes right through the monument and gives you an idea of how beautiful and rough this country can be. Canyons and slickrock and desert, but a place now preserved for the nation and the world.
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Canyons from the air
This is an aerial shot of the canyons around Calf Creek. It gives you an idea of what the area looks like. The Canyons of the Escalante are treasures of hidden canyons and streams and beauty.