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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.
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

Plan your Grand Staircase- Escalante National Monument vacation with our Utah and Arizona maps.

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.

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Directions: East Zion to Staircase

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

Grand Staircase Escalante hiking

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.





Grand Staircase-Escalante Hiking

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 Map

GSENM 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 Slot Canyon
Lick Wash Slot Canyon
Bull Valley Gorge Slot Canyon

GSENM: Cottonwood Road

Hackberry Canyon
Yellow Rock
Cottonwood Canyon
Round Valley Draw

GSENM Hiking: Wahweap

Wahweap Hoodoos

GSENM Backpacking

Backpacking info

Flooding is a danger in any slot canyon so check the weather reports before hiking.

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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.

North Coyote Buttes - "The Wave"
South Coyote Buttes - Cottonwood Teepees
South Coyote Buttes - Paw Hole
Paria Canyon - Cobra Arch
Paria Canyon - White Pocket

Bryce Canyon Hiking

Visiting nearby Bryce Canyon National Park is easy from Cannonville. After spending time in Bryce Canyon, drive 9 miles east to Red Canyon.

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.


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You may be a little cold some nights, on mountain tops above the timber-line, but you will see the stars, and by and by you can sleep enough in your town bed, or at least in your grave.

-- John Muir

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