Grand Staircase- Escalante National Monument


Join us on a guided adventure! Visiting Grand Staircase- Escalante National Monument is an unforgettable experience.

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The towering rock formations, stunning canyons, and sweeping vistas are a testament to the power of nature. In Arches, explore over 2,000 natural stone arches and hike to the Delicate Arch, a symbol of Utah. In Canyonlands, discover the ancient rock art and hike to the stunning Mesa Arch at sunrise. With so much to see and explore, these parks are a must-visit for any nature lover.

From $1295 per group

Spend a full day with an expert guide in Escalante. Explore the park’s most iconic highlights and hit some of its shorter trails.

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$279 per person

Spend the day amongst the diverse rock layers of Grand-Staircase Escalante National Monument.

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Region Overview

The Southwestern US brings to mind vast deserts, stunning geology, unique ecosystems, and contemporary cultures that have evolved alongside the landscapes. From the staggering beauty of the Grand Canyon to the iconic slot canyons and hoodoos of Utah, to the rugged rock formations of Joshua Tree, there is something for everyone in the Southwest.

Grand Staircase- Escalante National Monunment

With nearly 200 natural arches between them, Arches and Canyonlands are a sightseers dream. However, each offers countless rock formations beyond the arch – there are also towering hoodoos, gigantic canyons, and hidden slot canyons to explore.

Grand Staircase- Escalante FAQ’s


Your Trip Questions Answered!
When is the best time to visit?

The best time to visit is typically during the spring (March to May) and fall (September to November) seasons. During these times, the weather is generally mild, making outdoor activities like hiking and exploring more enjoyable. Spring brings blooming wildflowers and pleasant temperatures, while fall offers cooler weather and stunning foliage colors, enhancing the scenic beauty of the landscape.

What will the weather be like?

The weather varies throughout the seasons. Spring, from March to May, brings mild temperatures ranging from 40°F to 70°F (4°C to 21°C), with blooming wildflowers adding color to the landscape. Summer, from June to August, sees hotter temperatures with highs often reaching into the 80s and 90s°F (27°C to 37°C), making it the warmest time of year. Fall, from September to November, offers cooler temperatures ranging from 40°F to 70°F (4°C to 21°C), along with clear skies and comfortable conditions for outdoor activities. Winter, from December to February, brings cooler temperatures, averaging between 20°F to 50°F (-7°C to 10°C), with occasional snowfall at higher elevations.  

What highlights might I see?

The monument’s vast and rugged landscape encompasses stunning geological formations, including towering cliffs, narrow slot canyons, and colorful rock layers. Highlights include the towering sandstone cliffs of the Escalante River Canyons, the otherworldly landscapes of the Coyote Gulch and Paria Canyon-Vermilion Cliffs Wilderness areas, and the breathtaking views from overlooks such as the Hogback and Devil’s Garden. Visitors can also discover ancient rock art and archaeological sites, as well as enjoy hiking, backpacking, and camping amidst the remote and pristine wilderness.

Will I see any wildlife?

Common sightings include desert mammals such as mule deer, desert bighorn sheep, coyotes, and kit foxes. Birdwatchers can spot a variety of avian species, including golden eagles, peregrine falcons, and various species of owls and songbirds. Additionally, the monument is home to reptiles such as rattlesnakes, lizards, and desert tortoises, as well as smaller mammals like rock squirrels and kangaroo rats.

Should I combine this trip with another national park?

Combining a visit to Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument with nearby national parks can make for an incredible road trip or vacation experience.This monument is very conveniently located near some of the most stunning national parks in the country. Zion, Capitol Reef, and Bryce Canyon are all within a few hours drive of this park!   

Are there any entry regulations I should know about?

No timed entry and entrance is free. Overnight permits are required for car camping and backpacking. Stop in at a visitor center for a permit (also available at some established trailheads and campgrounds).

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