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
Thanks to Bo Beck for all his help with this guide!
Lodging 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.