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Camping: Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, Utah

Dispersed camping is permitted in some areas, but a (free) backcountry permit is required. Leave no trace rules are required. There are only two developed campgrounds inside the boundaries of the Staircase, but they are in the Escalante region. The White House campground located between Kanab and Page has 5 sites. This is also the campground for the Paria Canyon Wilderness.

Grand Staircase National Monument Visitor Center

Primitive Camping in the Grand Staircase - Back country permits are required for all overnight camping or backpacking in Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument. Permits are free. Contact a Grand Staircase Visitor Center for permits:

Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument
Cannonville Visitor Center
10 Center St, Cannonville, Utah
435.679.8981

Kanab Visitor CenterZion Book: Favorite Hikes in and around Zion National Park including the GSENM
745 East Highway 89
Kanab, Utah
435.644.4680

Kanab Field Office
318 N 100 E, Kanab, Utah
435.644.4600

Paria Contact Station
Hwy 89, MM 21, New Paria, Utah



GSENM Visitor Centers

The theme at the visitor center at Big Water is paleontology of the monument. The shape of the building is derived from an ammonite and the rockwork mimics the layers found in the sandstone cliffs nearby.

Cannonville Grand Staircase-Escalante Visitor Center. Cannonville's theme is on the early settler history. The building and the fence around it is a design from a vernacular stone house. The building and the fence around it is a design from a vernacular stone house.

The theme at the visitor center at Big Water is paleontology of the monument. The shape of the building is derived from an ammonite and the rockwork mimics the layers found in the sandstone cliffs nearby.

The Kanab visitor center has a focus on "traces in time" which includes both geology and archeology.

"Escalante" was the name given by John Wesley Powell in 1872. Escalante was the name of a Spanish missionary and the river is a tributary of the Colorado River.

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East Zion Riverside RV Park - 35' or less trailers. No pull through. A cozy RV park with shade trees and free dump. Located 6 miles from the Glendale entrance to the Grand Staircase, on the rim of the Virgin River. Seasonal heated pool, hot tub, on-site lodging, dining and massage service. Relax in the Sports Lounge and take a guided jeep tour to the incredible Red Cave or ancient Indian pictographs. Mount Carmel Junction, Utah
Toll Free: 1.888.848.6358

Grand Staircase-Escalante Lodging

Ponderosa Grove Campground (BLM)
435.644.4600

Kodachrome Basin State Park - 9 miles south of Cannonville. There is a GSENM Visitor Center there.

Red Canyon - Dixie National Forest

Coral Pink Sand Dunes - 11 miles from Mount Carmel Junction. 1.800.322.3770

Directions: East Zion to the
Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument

Grand Staircase Map
Grand Staircase Road Map

From Salt Lake City, travel south on I15 to U-20. Exit on U-20. Turn south on U-89 and follow U-89 to Glendale.

From Las Vegas: Travel I15 to exit 16. Follow U-9 to the south entrance of Zion and through to the east entrance. Take U-9 for 12 miles to Mt. Carmel Jct, where U-89 and U-9 meet. Drive north on U-89 to Glendale. From Glendale, turn right on 300 N. (Bench Road) Follow the graded dirt road, Skutumpah, into the Grand Staircase. Remember the Grand Staircase is a wild and remote place. The dirt roads may be impassible when wet and there is usually no water, services or cell phone access. Skutumpah is a backway and should only be traveled in dry conditions. Call for road and weather information before travel: 435.644.4680

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Grand Staircase National Monument - Grosvener Arch

Grosvener Arch in the GSENM

 

Lodging Zion National Park
Lodging Zion National ParkLodging and services are available on the gorgeous east side of Zion National Park, where guests are close to Zion National Park (12 miles), Bryce Canyon National Park (60 miles), Cedar Breaks National Monument (45 miles), Coral Pink Sand Dunes (12 miles), and the North Rim of the Grand Canyon (85 miles). It's where city traffic is absent and the skies are bright and clean.

 

Grand Staircase-Escalante Roads - Pristine and remote describes the roadways within the Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument. Highway 89 defines the southern border and Highway 12 accesses the northern side. In addition to Highways 12 and 89, there are 959 miles of open road in the Grand Staircase. Glendale, Utah, located on Highway 89, northeast of Zion National Park, connects the east side of Zion to Bryce Canyon via the Glendale Bench Road and the scenic backway, Skutumpah Road. To the north, Highway 12 connects Tropic and Boulder, Utah. At the southern end of the monument, roads connect Kanab, Utah and Page, Arizona. The most popular roads in the Grand Staircase are probably Skutumpah Road accessed either by the Glendale Bench Road, near the east entrance to Zion, or the Johnson Canyon Road near Kanab, both leading to Kodachrome Basin near Bryce Canyon. All interior roads except for portions of the Burr Trail and Johnson Canyon Road are unpaved and may be impassible if wet.

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