Hiking: Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, Utah
Entrance Fees: There are no fees to enter the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument or to hike the GSENM trails listed on this page. Road MapGSENM Hiking: Skutumpah Terrace
From the east side of Zion National Park, enter the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument from Glendale, Utah. Follow the Bench Road to the junction with Skutumpah Road and the GSENM kiosk. Continue on Skutumpah Road to the next GSENM kiosk. After the kiosk, it's another 3.5 miles out of the monument and onto the paved scenic backway to (Kodachrome Basin Road) Cannonville. There is a staffed GSENM Visitors Center in Cannonville.
Willis Creek is a must do hike! This is a gorgeous, isolated and easy walk through a cool slot canyon in the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument (GSENM). Children will love to climb into all the small caves in the rock.The beautiful Willis Creek Slot Canyon in the Grand Staircase-Escalante is an easy and fun trail that is an adventure for the entire family.
GSENM: Cottonwood Road
Flooding is a danger in any slot canyon so check the weather reports before hiking.
Coyote Buttes - Drive about 35 miles west from Page, Arizona or 40 miles east of Kanab, Utah. The turn-off is located on the south (right side coming from Kanab) side of highway 89 between mile markers 25 and 26 at a curve in the road at the end of a guard rail. Turn at the unmarked dirt road. This is House Rock Road.
Zion National Park Hiking - Make sure and return to Highway 89 (Heritage Highway) heading south, and up to Highway 14 to Cedar Breaks or continue to the junction of Highways 89 & 9 on the east side of Zion National Park. Zion National Park is Utah's most visited and without a doubt most spectacular park.
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.
Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument - UTAH!
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This is my new favorite quote:
"I don't know who Tanya Milligan is, but I mean www.zionnational-park.com
It's a better site than the NPS's anyway."
Written by the authors of the book: Favorite Hikes in and around Zion National Park