Hiking for Kids in the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument
Lick Wash Slot Canyon - Lick Wash is an easy 6 mile round trip through a wonderful slot canyon. Children will enjoy the easy hiking. Few kids will be able to resist climbing into the nature-spun holes scattered through the hike. The sandstone along the Lick Wash Trail is pale pink, cut and scoured by water and wind into a surreal landscape. Uneven splashes of crimson emblazon the sculptured rock walls. Access this hike from Glendale, Utah. map Lick Wash Trail
Willis Creek Slot Canyon - Willis Creek is an easy 4 mile round trip hike. Kids will delight in the cool water that slowly cascades over the pebbled stream bed. Towering walls will engulf them as they wander down the fairly level terrain. A child will find room to roam and play in the monument. The shady slot canyons with little elevation change make fun hikes. Kids of all ages should enjoy this hike. Access this hike from Glendale, Utah. map Willis Creek Trail
The various Grand Staircase Escalante visitor centers have many interactive displays and films that, although not geared toward the really young child, still can hold a child's attention.
The monument doesn't offer a classroom setting Junior Ranger program, like nearby Zion National Park does, but many of the hikes are certainly kid friendly. Bryce Canyon, Grand Canyon and Cedar Breaks all offer Junior Ranger Programs, giving out work booklets and an award if the child finishes the work booklet. Ask inside the Grand Staircase visitor centers for a coloring book, which some do carry.
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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