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The Ultimate Southwest Vacation includes the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument!
Stay in Mt. Carmel Jct., the heart of the parks, and visit
the treasures of the Southwest.
Mileage: Mt. Carmel Jct.
Plan your Grand Staircase- Escalante National Monument vacation
with our Utah and Arizona maps.
Zion Park 12 miles
Grand Staircase 9 miles
Sand Dunes 11 miles
Dixie Forest 22 miles
Cedar Breaks 45 miles
Red Canyon 47 miles
Coyote Butte 57 miles
Bryce Canyon 60 miles
North Rim 85 miles
Toroweap 90 miles
In these pages you will find insiders information on the best
Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument hikes. This detailed
guide includes road maps, park maps, pictures, trail beta, backpacking, history,
fees, geology, flora, fauna, campgrounds, things for kids to do and even information
on the Grand Staircase hidden treasures.
Making summer memories in Utah's national monuments.
Directions: East Zion to Staircase
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
The beautiful Willis Creek Slot Canyon hike in the Skutumpah
Terrace section of the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument.
||Grand Staircase Escalante Hiking
Entrance Fees: There are no fees to enter the Grand Staircase-Escalante
National Monument from the Glendale Bench Road or to hike the trails listed on
this page. Road Map
Willis Creek Slot Canyon
Photo Album: Willis Creek Pictures
Trail Map: Willis Creek Trail Map
Day hike: Yes.
Trail Distance: 4 miles/6.4km round trip
Average hiking time: 2 hours round trip
Trail Usage: Skutumpah road is impassible if wet.
Bike Trail: No
Sun Exposure: Sun and Shade mix.
Trail Conditions: Skutumpah Road is remote and can be impassible if wet. Most of the Willis Creek hike is a nice stroll through
a cobblestone stream. This is an easy hike that kids and families with enjoy.
Trailend: Same as trailhead
Best Season: Summer when the water is warmer.
Off the beaten path: Yes
This is another easy and shady slot canyon hike in the Grand Staircase-Escalante
National Monument that the entire family can enjoy. The golden glow and towering
canyons walls are magnificent.
Willis Creek Trailhead
Trailhead: From Mount Carmel Junction, follow Scenic Byway 89 north, to Glendale,
Utah. Make a right turn on 300 North, also called the Bench Road. It's directly
across the highway from the Buffalo Bistro. Travel the graded dirt Glendale Bench
Road (road #600) for 15 miles to a marked junction in the road. There is a kiosk
at the junction with a map and other information. The road goes in two directions
from the Glendale Bench Road. One road is the Johnson Canyon Road and the other
is the Skutumpah Road (road #500). Take Skutumpah Road. It's 14 miles on Skutumpah
Road to the Lick Wash Trailhead. To find Willis
Creek continue down Skutumpah Road 11.8 miles past the Lick Wash trailhead. There
are two parking areas for Willis Creek. The trail starts on the opposite side
of the road from the registration box.
Willis Creek Trail Beta
Willis Creek is a 4 mile round trip hike. It's an amazing
slot canyon adventure with narrow cliff walls and a flat, stony stream-bed
path to walk through. Towering slickrock forms the walls of this incredible
slot canyon. Some small waterfalls add to the fun and enjoyment of the Willis
Willis Creek can be combined with Bull Valley Gorge for a two day backpack.
Continue another 3-miles northeast on Skutumpah Road to the GSENM kiosk. After
the kiosk, it's another 3.5 out of the monument and onto the paved scenic backway
to (Kodachrome Basin Road) Cannonville. There is a staffed GSENM Visitors Center
Caution: Flash floods are a danger with any hike through a
slot canyon. As with Lick Wash hike, check weather information
prior to hiking.