Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument

Grand Staircase National Monument

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Grand Staircase-Escalante - Bull Valley Gorge

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Grand Staircase-Escalante
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Camping: Dispersed camping is permitted in some areas, but a (free) backcountry permit is required. Permit boxes are at camping areas. Leave no trace rules are required.

Biking: Bicycles are only allowed on designated public roads.

Off-Highway Vehicles (OHV):
These are not allowed on trails or as cross country travel. Use of Public roads are permitted.

Hiking: See our Grand Staircase hiking guide.Tour guides offer jeep tours to some of the slots hidden within the BLM boundaries and there are also some gorgeous self guided slot canyon hikes in the Grand Staircase such as Lick Wash and Willis Creek.

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Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument
Visitor Centers

Call for road and weather conditions before travel or for backcountry permits.

Cannonville Visitor Center
10 Center St., Cannonville, Utah 84718
Call:1.435.679.8981
Summer Hours: 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM 7 days a week

Kanab Visitor Center
318 N 100 E, Kanab, Utah 84741
Call: 1.435.644.4600
Summer Hours: 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM 7 days a week

Escalante Interagency Office
755 W. Main, Escalante, Utah 84726
Call: 1.435.826.5499
Summer Hours: 7:30 AM - 5:30 PM 7 days a week

Big Water Visitor Center
100 Upper Revolution Way, Big Water, Utah 84741
Call: 1.435.675.3200
Summer Hours: 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM 7 days a week

Paria Contact Center
Highway 89 - 44 miles east of Kanab, Utah
No Phone and Closed Winters
Summer Hours: 8:30 AM - 4:15 PM 7 days a week

Anasazi State Park Museum
460 N. Highway 12, Boulder, Utah  84716
Call: 1.435.335.7382  Closed Winters
Summer Hours: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM 7 days a week

Each of the Grand Staircase-Escalante Visitor Centers have their own unique theme.
Cannonville Visitor Center - Human Geography
Kanab Visitor Center - Archaeology & Geology
Escalante Interagency Office - Ecology & Biology
Big Water Visitor Center - Paleontology & Geology

Scenic Drives

Alton Amphitheater Route
This route runs through the Grand Staircase area from Highway 89 near Alton. The route is 35 miles long.

Skutumpah Road: Leaving Zion National Park from the east side the highway meets at Mount Carmel Junction and continues north to Glendale. Here is the Glendale entrance into the Grand Staircase. Caution: The road can be impassible when wet. Do not travel this road in the winter. This backway travels from Glendale to Cannonville. The route is 34 miles long.  Attractions along the route include Lick Wash, Willis Creek, Bull Valley Gorge.

Johnson Canyon Road: This is the entrance if you are near Kanab. The 24 mile road is paved until it meets up with Skutumpah.  The old Gunsmoke Movie Set is along this road.

Cottonwood Canyon Road: This road is located 32 miles east of Kanab.  It travels from Big water to Cannonville. The route is 32 miles long.  Grosvenor Arch, Hackberry Wash and Cottonwood Narrows are the main attractions on this road. The Paria Movie set was here, but it was burned down by vandals in 2006.

Dirt roads can be impassible if wet. There are no services in the monument so be prepared with food, water and emergency equipment.

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The Grand Staircase can be entered from the small town of Glendale, in East Zion. 
Naturalist NotesNature Notes

Plan on at least 1 gallon of water per person each day. You will need water for drinking, washing and cooking. Remember water can be contaminated by many sources such as horses, cattle, wild animals and other humans. Giardia lamblia is released into water and soil as feces decompose. If you ingest the bacterium you may not notice symptoms right away, but you will and they are usually severe until treated with antibiotics.

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